Will the port affect my daily life?

After the port has been placed and the small incision has healed, you should be able to return to your daily life. Ask your doctor or nurse about specific activities and when to resume them.

Will I need to wear a bandage over the port?

A bandage will be needed until the incision heals. Afterwards, a bandage is not required when the port is not in use. If you are receiving a treatment, a bandage may be applied to secure the needle.

Do I have to stop wearing certain types of clothes?

Ask your doctor or nurse. The answer will depend on where your port is placed.

Would insurance pay for the port?

Insurance policies vary. Please check with your insurance company.

Will the port set off security alarms?

Security systems may detect the small amount of metal in the port. If this happens, show your Patient Identification Card.

How long will I have my port?

The port can stay in place as long as your doctor makes sure that it works and that you still need it.

Can the port device be removed if I no longer need it?

Yes. The port can be removed with a minor surgical procedure similar to the one used to place it.

Can I get a CT procedure with a PowerPort®?

Yes. The materials used in the PowerPort® Implantable Port are safe for use in CT and CECT procedures.

Can I get an MRI procedure with the port in place?

Yes. You may get an MRI with the port. There are specific conditions for the MRI procedure, ask your doctor for more information about MRI safety.

Who should not receive a port?

Patients who: have or are suspected of having an infection, have a history 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, or are not emotionally prepared to have an implanted medical device.

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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)