A port-a-cath is a type of vascular catheter commonly referred to as a central venous catheter (CVC) or central venous access device (CVAD). These devices are implanted underneath the skin within a large vein typically located in the chest or arm. Port-a-caths are used as a way to consistently administer drugs, such as chemotherapy treatments, blood, or nutrients directly to the bloodstream without having to puncture the skin every time. The port-a-cath is composed of the port area, which is a self-sealing, silicone entry point that allows a needle to repeatedly puncture it hundreds of times. The catheter portion of the device consists of a long tube that connects to the port and allows the injected fluids to travel into the bloodstream. At Arizona Premier Surgery, our surgeons can carefully place the port-a-cath into the vein with guidance from an ultrasound to ensure accurate placement.
"I was referred to Dr. Albert Amini following a ct scan. He professionally went over the results with me. His caring nature assured me that the results were probably non-evasive. He suggested a follow-up mri in 6 months. During my follow-up appointment, his caring professional demeanor asked me that son was alright. Dr. Amini sat with me, described the images of the mri, and gave me his professional opinion of the results of the scan."- H.F. / Yelp / Jan 19, 2018
"Dr. Amini is a fantastic surgeon. He is caring, compassionate, and very knowledgeable. He actually listens to his patients’ concerns, problems, and quality of life. Dr. Amini accessed my sister by talking to her, listening to her and doing his own hands on exam, not just basing his opinion on what was on paper. He then discussed the procedure and all possible outcomes with my sister. With this approach, he was able to help her. I would recommend him to ANY of my family and friends."- N. / Healthgrades / Feb 13, 2018
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"Dr. Vazquez and her staff are so personable that I felt at ease, despite the obvious apprehension that comes with being in a surgeon’s office. Dr. Vazquez took her time in speaking with me, carefully reviewing ultrasounds, radiology notes, etc. She clearly laid out treatment options. I found Dr. Vazquez to be professional, very knowledgeable, thoughtful, caring, interested and patient. She even has a nice sense of humor to help ease some anxiety. I have already recommended her to a friend!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Feb 04, 2018
"The confidence that Dr. Amini exudes is not just seen outwardly but felt inwardly. Explanations before and follow - up after surgery I rate as excellent because of how in common language Dr. Amini explained the procedure and intended results.I highly recommend he and his staff of caring and professionals."- G.S. / Healthgrades / Jan 23, 2018
Common Reasons for Surgery
A port-a-cath insertion allows constant and safer chemotherapy treatments to be administered without the patient needing a new IV to be inserted each time. This also prevents damaging substances from leaking and causing external damage the skin. This is the most common usage for port-a-caths and many cancer patients receive them as their primary method of receiving chemotherapy treatment.
Blood Transfusions or Dialysis
Patients who require continual or frequent blood transfusions or dialysis treatments (blood removal) benefit from vascular catheters because it allows them constant access and for transfusions or waste removal to be performed at home or outside the hospital.
CVCs are also frequently used to allow constant access to alternative nutrition for patients who have trouble with solid food intake or their body is unable to produce some of its necessary nutrients.
About Port-a-Cath Procedures
Vascular access procedures are one of the operations performed by our team of highly-skilled surgeons at Arizona Premier Surgery. The process of implanting a port-a-cath will begin with the patient receiving general or local anesthesia. Guided by a sonogram, the vascular surgeon will then insert the port-a-cath into a large, central vein located in the arm, leg, or chest that has direct access to the heart. Typically, the right jugular vein is an ideal placement point for central venous catheters. After the insertion is successful, the patient will need little recovery time, as this procedure is usually performed as an outpatient operation.
What to Expect
General or local anesthesia will be administered during the procedure which usually lasts between 30 minutes and 1 hour. It is considered an outpatient operation, so recovery time will last for 1-2 hours before the patient is cleared for release from the hospital. Minor discomfort or soreness around the surgical site is normal for a few days, but patients should be able to resume their normal activities within a week after the operation. Patients can schedule a follow-up appointment if they have any further concerns or questions.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- As Needed
- Procedure Recovery Location
If you have a condition that merits a central venous catheter, our surgeons encourage you to call or visit Arizona Premier Surgery to find out how you can obtain a port-a-cath and benefit from a more streamlined and efficient method of treatment to meet your health needs.