This is the placement of a long, thin tube into a large blood vessel that carries blood to the heart. The tube is attached to a small drum-like device.
This is the placement of a long, thin tube into a large blood vessel that carries blood to the heart. The tube is attached to a small drum-like device. The long, thin tube is known as a central line catheter and the small drum-like device is known as a port. The tip of the catheter is placed very close to the entry of the right side of the heart. It can be used to place medications, nutrition and fluid into the blood. They can also be used to take a sample of blood for testing.
Repeatedly placing intravenous catheters into the small veins in the hand or arm can cause wear and tear on the veins. This can result in more difficulty getting an intravenous line in veins that have been subject to repeated use. Your healthcare provider may recommend placement of a central line and port to provide continuing access for:
If a central line is recommended, prior to surgery tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before surgery and get clear instructions on what you need to do. These may include:
If you are a smoker, you should quit smoking, as it can interfere with your recovery.
During your surgery, you will receive medication to keep you comfortable and pain free.
After surgery, you may have some pain and tenderness at the insertion site. Call your healthcare provider if you experience:
Your healthcare provider may limit your activity for a few weeks. Pain medication and help at home may be needed while you complete your recovery.
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss your options. If you decide to have a central line inserted, ask your healthcare provider the following questions.
Prior to discharge, you should understand all home care instructions. This includes symptoms to report before your next appointment, medications and their side effects and follow-up plans. Do not forget to arrange for transportation to and from the facility and for help at home while you recover.
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