Is Inserting a Port Painful?

Q:
Is Inserting an Implanted Port Painful?

A:
An implanted port (also known as a “port”) is a flexible tube that’s placed into a vein in your chest, usually about 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) below the center of your right collarbone (see picture below).

Location of a chest port

Before the procedure, you will have an intravenous (IV) line placed in your arm. You will get medication through your IV that will make you feel sleepy. This will control pain and anxiety.

After your procedure,You may have some discomfort at your incision sites. This pain should get better in 24 to 48 hours. You can take over-the-counter pain medication if you need it.

 

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