The removal of a small drum-like device and long, thin tube that was placed in a large blood vessel for intravenous treatments.
This refers to the removal of a small drum-like device and long, thin tube that was placed in a large blood vessel to administer intravenous fluids and medications. 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 the damaged veins. Your healthcare provider may have recommended placement of a central line catheter and port so you can receive intravenous fluids and medications.
When you are having your central line removed, 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.
If your central line is going to be removed, 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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