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Port Placement

Saravanan Kasthuri, MD -  - Interventional Radiologist

Northwest Endovascular Surgery

Saravanan Kasthuri, MD

Interventional Radiologist & Endovascular Surgeon located in Benton County, Richland, WA

When you need multiple rounds of treatment for cancer or a blood disorder, your doctor may suggest a port for convenience. If you’re looking for a specialist in or near Richland, Washington, to install your port, Saravanan Kasthuri, MD is a superior option. His minimally invasive surgery method allows him to set it with the least possible disruption. Make an appointment with Dr. Kasthuri at Northwest Endovascular Surgery over the phone or through the online booking option.

Port Placement Q & A

How does a port work?

A mediport consists of rubber tubing, a catheter, connecting the portal to a vein underneath the skin. The port allows your medical team to inject drugs, provide blood transfusions, and take blood through a silicone bubble. With it in place, you won’t need to get an IV every time you need a medical treatment or blood draw.

Dr. Kasthuri surgically implants the port beneath the clavicle bone or on the arm. Since the entire port is underneath the skin, it doesn’t require any special care or restrictions from swimming or bathing.

Who needs a mediport?

People with blood disorders and cancer often need ports to receive chemotherapy, antibiotics, or blood transfusions. However, Dr. Kasthuri also recommends it to anyone who needs ongoing IV treatments.

Ports allow you to avoid unnecessary needle pricks during your treatment period. Once you’re in remission, you may choose to have your port removed.

What happens during port placement surgery?

Dr. Kasthuri uses local anesthesia, pain medication, and other sedation methods to make sure the operation is painless. He then inserts one needle into the neck and makes a minor incision in the chest wall. He inserts the port below the skin and connects the catheter to a large vein in your neck. 

When he finishes, Dr. Kasthuri closes the incisions with skin glue. You may feel sleepy for several hours after the procedure, so you need to arrange a ride home beforehand. The port site to heal should heal in 10 to 14 days.

How do I take care of my port after placement?

Dr. Kasthuri advises that you wait one day to shower after the surgery, but when you dry yourself, be sure to pad dry gently. A week after, you will notice edges of the glue peeling off, but don’t try to help it peel. In two weeks, it will fall off, and you will have a tiny scar.

Once the port site heals, you should be able to go about your normal activities. Each time a medical practitioner uses the port, they flush it out. Otherwise, it needs to be cleaned every four weeks. 

If you need a port placed, contact Dr. Kasthuri at Northwest Endovascular Surgery for an appointment online or over the phone.

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