FAQS

Who should not receive the PowerFlow® IV Port?

Patients who:

  • Have or are suspected of having an infection
  • Have a history of forming blood clots
  • Have a body size that will not allow for proper port placement or port access
  • Have had the port insertion site exposed to radiation
  • Are not emotionally prepared to have an implanted medical device

What are the possible complications associated with an implantable port?

A port is not for everyone. It is important that you talk with your physician or nurse about the risks associated with a port and port use.   Potential complications include:

  • Blood clot formation
  • Redness and inflammation at the port insertion site
  • Skin erosion
  • Bleeding at the insertion site
  • Scarring at the insertion site
  • Port catheter breakage
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Vein erosion
  • Allergic reaction to the materials of the port
  • Port rotation or flipping while implanted
  • Leakage of medicine or IV fluid from the port
  • Improper port access leading to medicine or IV fluid being injected into tissue that surrounds the port
  • Port clogging
Use of an implanted port carries risks associated with a minor surgical procedure and vascular access.
  • Potential complications include:
  • Internal bleeding
  • Nerve damage
  • Collapsed lung
  • Fluid buildup around the lungs
  • Blood clot formation
  • Accidental cutting or puncturing of blood vessels

What if I have a question or suspect a problem?

After the procedure you will see some redness and tenderness in the area. This should go away in 24 to 48 hours. However, contact your doctor or nurse if you notice unusual changes in the skin such as increased swelling, redness or soreness. If you have pain, fever, chills, shortness of breath, or dizziness, contact your doctor right away.

What if my doctor or nurse is unavailable?

You should be given a wallet-sized Medical Alert Identification Card. This card has important information about the port. With this information, other medical personnel will be able to help you.

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Hear from real patients

“For both patients and nurses, it’s all about ease of therapy.  You can have all your infusions and blood work done through your port…”

– Debbie P. (Oncology nurse and cancer survivor)