A port is a small device that is surgically inserted into your body to grant easier access to your veins. It is placed in the upper chest for less discomfort and is connected to a major vein so that your medication is distributed quickly and easily. It is used for a number of different reasons, including:
- Total parenteral nutrition
- Hemophilia treatment
- Blood tests
- Immune disorders
Because of its special construction, a port can be pricked with a needle hundreds of times before it weakens and needs to be replaced. This makes it an optimal solution for patients who frequently require injections.
Your nurse will expertly manage your port on the first visit and then teach you to manage it on your own. Each treatment will begin with flushing your port with a saline solution to cleanse and prepare the device. Next, the medication will be injected. Lastly, a heparin lock is inserted to prevent any clotting.