Advantages or Disadvantages of Portacath over a PICC, How does one get it inserted?
1.Yes, the port-a-cath is a central venous catheter that is surgically inserted.
2.Yes, the port-a-cath can replace the PICC.
3.Less maintenance with a port-a-cath. Typically at least once a month the port must be flushed to maintain its function.To remove a port-a-cath, does not require surgery, but a simple local anesthetic to remove.
4.Please contact your primary care physician at MDACC.This would be the person who orders your chemotherapy.The primary physician simply puts a "consult online" to the attention of the Port Clinic and you will be scheduled for a pre-port placement evaluation.
Posted: 04 Aug 2010 10:30 AM Originally Posted: 04 Aug 2010 10:29 AM