Port Placement


If you have a condition such as cancer or kidney failure that requires frequent administrations of medication or regular blood draws, your physician may recommend a Port Placement.

A port is a medical device that gives your physician easy access to your venous system. Typically, the port will be implanted underneath the skin on your chest.

The main part of the port, called the septum, is less than a square inch in size. This is the area into which your medical team from the Jefferson Surgical Interventional Center in Roanoke, Virginia will administer medication and from which they will draw blood.

The septum is attached to a small, flexible tub called a catheter, which is connected to a vein and provides direct access to your blood stream for blood draws and medication delivery.

Has your physician has ordered a port for you? Have it placed here at the Interventional Center in Roanoke. Our minimally invasive surgery team uses the smallest incision and imaging technology to ensure the port is placed correctly and gives you the fastest recovery time possible.

To request an appointment for port placement today, call the Interventional Center directly at 540-777-5454.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need Port Placement?
You have a condition which requires your care team to administer intravenous medication or draw blood on a frequent basis. The port allows them to do so without starting an IV each time.
How do I prepare for Port Placement?

You should not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your Port Placement.

You should report to your doctor if you have had any kidney problems or reactions to x-ray dye or contrast. If so, your doctor may want to prescribe medicine for you to take before your procedure.

Ask your doctor about taking your regular medications prior to your port placement, especially Coumadin. Your doctor may want to stop your Coumadin for a few days prior to your procedure. Generally, your medications may be taken with a little sip of water. Please bring all medications you are currently taking with you on the day of your exam.

If you are a diabetic, consult your doctor about your diabetes medications.

Arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you until the next day. You will not be able to drive, leave by yourself, or take a cab home without a companion.

Please notify your physician if there is any possibility that you are pregnant.

On the day of your Port Placement, wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and leave your jewelry and valuables at home if possible.

What happens before Port Placement?

You’ll check in with our receptionist and be asked to complete some paperwork. Please bring your insurance cards and a list of your medications.

A nurse and the interventional radiologist will talk to you about the procedure in detail. They will answer any questions you have and ask you to sign a consent form.

Then you’ll put on a hospital gown and the nurse will start an IV to give you fluids and medications.

You may also need lab or blood work done before the procedure.

Our staff will show your family or companion(s) to our comfortable waiting room for the duration of your appointment.

What happens during Port Placement?

We’ll take you into our procedure room and place you on the x-ray table.

We’ll shave, clean and drape the area, numb you with a local anesthetic.

Your interventional radiologist will use the x-ray to guide the insertion of catheter into a vein in your neck. Then, he will make a small incision in your upper chest to create a pocket that will house the port.

Finally, he will place the port and connect it to the catheter.

What happens after Port Placement?

After the Port Placement is complete, we’ll apply manual pressure to the area for 15-20 minutes or until the bleeding stops. We’ll apply a dressing to the site and take you to the recovery room. We’ll monitor your condition for 2-4 hours until you are ready to be discharged.

The staff will review discharge instructions with you and give you a copy of those instructions to take home.

Your family or companion will then drive you home and stay with you overnight.

The following day, you may resume your normal diet and medication schedule, unless otherwise directed. Ask your physician about exercising or working before you resume your normal routine.

We’ll send a report of your Port Placement to your primary care physician and his or her office will follow up with a forward care plan.