Port Follow Up (Tunneled Infusion Catheter)

  • Description - A tunneled catheter is a device that when surgically inserted provides access into a vein for the purpose of drawing blood for testing, administering medications, blood transfusions and/or providing fluids or nutrition directly into the blood stream. A tunneled catheter usually enters the the skin below the collar bone (clavicle) and travels under the skin to enter the jugular vein, with its tip in the very large central vein, the vena cava. This type of catheter is intended for long term use (up to many months). Smaller diameter catheters may be used for administering medications, while larger diameter catheters are used for dialysis. Tunneled catheters are designed with a cuff that resides under the skin, to secure it from being pulled out and prevent infection.

 

  • Port Follow Up Office Visit  - Following placement or removal of a tunneled infusion catheter (port) by an ADI Interventional Radiology provider (radiologist, physicians assistant or nurse practioner)at the hospital,  you will be be scheduled for an office visit at the ADI outpatient office.                                                              
     

  • - Follow Up for a Port Insertion: If you have had a port inserted the ADI provider will inspect the port insertion site to ensure  proper healing and that the surrounding area is absent of any signs of infection or cellulitis. They will also check that the access is secure and functioning as desired- flushing and aspirating properly.Your ADI provider can answer any questions you may have at this time.

  •  - Follow Up for a Port Removal: If you have had a port removed the ADI provider will inspect the port insertion site to ensure proper healing and that the surrounding area is absent of any signs of infection or cellulitis. Your ADI provider can answer any questions you may have at this time.