About Your Port

Implantable ports are intended for patients who require long-term intravenous (IV) medication. The port is usually placed just under the skin on the upper part of the chest wall. Navilyst Medical's Vaxcel® Ports with PASV® Valve Technology provide features critical to positive outcomes for patients requiring vascular access. The Vaxcel® Port with PASV® Valve Technology has a proximally located, direction-specific valve that is designed to resist backflow and maintain patency between uses.

Your doctor may have determined that as part of your treatment, you will need to receive your medications by intravenous (IV) injection. This method of drug delivery involves infusion of your medication into a large vein, a blood vessel that directs blood back to your heart.

Insertion of an implantable port is intended to make it possible to continue to receive treatment over a period of months.

Insertion of a port is usually a brief procedure. After the skin on your chest and neck has been cleaned to remove germs, local anesthesia is injected to numb the areas.

A small incision is made on your chest to create a space or “pocket” for the port and a “tunnel” for the catheter. The port is inserted under the skin and into the pocket. One end of the catheter is threaded through the tunnel and connected to the port.

The other end of the catheter is inserted into a vein in your shoulder or your neck. The tip is positioned near your heart to help dilute and distribute your medications.

Usually, x-rays are taken during the procedure to make sure the catheter is in the best position.

Your incision is stitched closed and covered with a dressing until it heals.

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