Port Insertion / Removal

Your physician has scheduled you for a port insertion or removal. This is a surgical procedure to provide / remove vascular access for your oncologist to administer chemotherapy. Understandably, you have questions about what to expect.

What is a port?

What should I do on the day of surgery?

What should I expect once I arrive at the surgical center?

What should I expect after the surgery?

When do I need to call the doctor?

Authorization and Payment

Important Numbers

What is a port?

A vascular access procedure (insertion of a port) is designed for patients who need intravenous (IV) access for a considerable time, longer than 7 to 10 days. A simple IV set-up is effective in the short term but is far from ideal when, for instance, a patient needs a course of chemotherapy, several weeks of IV antibiotic treatment, or long-term IV feeding. A vascular access catheter is a long, thin tube that is placed in a branch vein in the arm, the neck, or just beneath the collarbone. The tube then is threaded into a major vein in the chest. In many conditions, having this type of tube inserted provides a simple and painless means of drawing blood or delivering drugs, nutrients or both. In this way the patient is spared the discomfort and stress of repeated needle sticks.

 

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What should I do on the day of surgery?

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to the scheduled procedure, unless otherwise instructed as part of the pre-assessment. You will need someone to take you home after the surgery. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may wish to bring a front-closure support or sport bra to wear home from the hospital.

 

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What should I expect once I arrive at the surgical center?

 

 

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What should I expect after the surgery?

 

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When do I need to call the doctor?

If at any time, you feel you have a life-threatening or urgent problem, either call 911, or proceed to an Emergency Room.

 

Authorization and Payment

We will call your insurance company to pre-certify the surgery. If there is a question of coverage, we will let you known as soon as possible. If you will not utilize insurance, we will provide you with an estimate of fees associated with the surgery, so that you may budget appropriately. Our billing department will work with you to discuss payment arrangements or questions about your benefits. As a reminder, you will most likely receive a series of bills associated with the surgery, as many providers will be involved with your care: the facility where the surgery takes place, our office, the radiologist, the pathologist, and the laboratory, etc.

 

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Important Numbers

Northside Hospital 404-851-8000
Atlanta Outpatient Surgery Center (AOSC) 404-252-3074
Aesthetica 404-303-7542
Breast Care Specialists 404-255-8086 *

*For an emergency after hours, you will receive instructions for reaching the doctor

BCS Surgery Scheduling 404-255-8086 ext. 204

 

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