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DipakNiyogi

DipakNiyogi

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Subject:Advantages or Disadvantages of Portacath over a PICC, How does one get it inserted?

1. Is this a central catheter that is inserted surgically into the body?

2. Can you replace the need of a PICC with Portacath?

3. Is there  any maintenance involved (like more surgeries etc.?

4. Who do I contact to get this inserted if I decide to have this installed?


Posted: 02 Aug 2010 09:40 AM
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Lhearn

Lhearn

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Subject: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
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