Procedures Vascular Access & Ports
Sometimes patients are sent to my office for Vascular Access or Port to give antibiotics or for chemotherapy. This is usually done as an outpatient and is a simple procedure. We use heavy sedation or general anesthesia to lace these devices.
Once in place we leave and access needle or this is sometimes done at the place of therapy. Care is easy since most of the devices are buried under the skin which protects them from infection.
Bleeding, infection, blood clots and lung collapse. If the lung is punctured during the procedure the patient has to stay in the hospital and get a chest tube to evacuate the air until the lung heals. The puncturing of the lung can occur during the insertion of the needle used to access the vein.