Port-a-Cath Insertion & Removal

As a specialist vascular surgeon, Mr. Venu Bhamidi is well versed in both the insertion and removal of port-a-caths.

Used in the treatment of a wide range of conditions, port-a-caths are relatively simple to insert and considerably simpler to remove. With such straightforward complexity, both operations are day procedures that generally require very little down time.

What is a port-a-cath system?

Port-a-cath systems are small devices that are surgically placed just under the skin (usually on the front of the chest) which are connected to a tube which is placed into the main veins in the neck. A catheter connects the port to the vein; this port also has a septum (beneath the skin) that allows for easy administration of drugs and taking of blood.

They are inserted either under general or local anaesthetic with X-ray guidance and can stay in the body for several months to years. Having a port-a-cath avoids the need to have repeated intravenous lines placed to allow for blood tests, infusions, TPN or most often, chemotherapy. For medical practitioners providing treatment, the port-a-cath makes certain tasks quicker and easier; from the patient’s perspective, this device means that treatment (i.e. injections and blood tests) produce less discomfort in comparison to the typical ‘needle stick’.

The whole procedure takes around 30-45 minutes and there are no external lines or tubes at the end of the procedure. Although port-a-cath insertions are relatively straightforward, removals are comparably simpler procedures performed under local anaesthetic. Port insertion and removal procedures are performed as a day case, meaning that patients are able to go home after the procedure.

Book a consultation with Mr. Venu Bhamidi today

Following general and specialist medical and surgical training in multiple centres of excellence in Australia and New Zealand, Mr. Bhamidi completed a fellowship in Canada, before returning to Auckland to further his career as vascular and endovascular surgeon. Today, Mr. Bhamidi performs a wide range of treatments from varicose vein treatment through to leg bypass surgery and angioplasty as well as complex aortic surgery.

Port-a-cath insertions and removals are relatively minor procedures that Mr. Bhamidi performs on a regular basis.

If you would like to book a consultation with Mr. Bhamidi, please call on 0800 82 72 37 or complete the appointment form on our contact page.

Urgent appointments are available on request at his consulting suites at Ascot Hospital – please let us know if you need to be seen promptly.

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