Post-Operative Management


    Post insertion, both the insertion and portal site should be monitored for signs of local infection.  Additionally, the patient should be monitored for signs and symptoms of systemic infection.  Manipulation of the port should be minimized for the first week post-insertion and the patient should avoid strenuous activities involving the chest muscles during this time.  Once healing has occurred, full range of motion is possible, however contact sports are contraindicated due to the potential for trauma and dislodgement.
    Since the Port-A-Cath is a completely closed system it eliminates the need for daily site care, reduces the potential risk of infection and eliminates the cost of dressing supplies and frequent heparinizations.  The risk of damage and dislodgement is also reduced.