After Your Procedure

Implantable ports are typically placed during a short, minor surgical procedure in an Interventional Radiology suite or Surgical suite. Once your port is placed, most facilities allow the port to be used right away for your treatment.

What you can expect after a PowerFlow IV Port is placed?

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 your PowerFlow® IV Port will be used the day it is placed, your doctor will insert a special needle (called a peripheral IV catheter) into the port during the port placement. The IV catheter and port will be covered by a bandage or other dressing during access.

How will your PowerFlow IV Port be accessed?

After the port is placed, your doctor or nurse will access the port when they need to withdraw blood, give medicine or fluids. The peripheral IV catheter is put in the funnel of the IV port so that blood can be withdrawn and medicines and fluids can be given.

Depending on the facility or your prescribed therapy, you may be sitting up in a chair or lying down on a bed for the procedure. You may feel a mild pricking when they put the needle into the port. This sensation often gets milder over time. Ask your doctor or nurse for more details as to what you should expect.

How to maintain your PowerFlow IV Port?

Your port will need to be flushed (cleansed out with fluid) when it’s not being used. This is done to make sure the catheter doesn’t become blocked. Your port will also be flushed right before the peripheral IV catheter is removed after each treatment. Ask your doctor or nurse how often you will return to the clinic for flushing your port.

Don't forget

Review your patient discharge packet and contact your doctor or nurse should you have any questions or experience any complications post-placement. Keep your ID card, wristband and/or key tag on you so you can show your clinician if they have any questions about what kind of port you have.