A port is a device that can be implanted under the skin to provide longer-term intravenous (IV) access for blood draws, chemotherapy, medications and infusions. The port can be accessed directly, eliminating the need for IVs and needle pokes in the arms and hands.
A port may also be called a Port-a-Cath, Central Port, Venous Port, Infusion Port or Central Venous Port.
The most common reasons for inserting a port are cancer requiring chemotherapy and difficult IV access.
What To Expect
If you do not have a request from you doctor, you will need to have a consultation with an interventional radiologist to determine whether a port is right for you. If you do have a request from your doctor, your procedure can be scheduled directly.
On the day of your procedure, you will come to the Aspirus Wausau Hospital. You will speak with your interventional radiologist before your procedure. The procedure takes about 1 hour. Special X-ray imaging equipment is used to guide port placement. You will go home the same day. Your port will be ready for use immediately.
Schedule your port placement now. Port placement is available as a same-day or next-day procedure.