The Port Access Advantage Oncology Education Program provides you all of the materials you need to educate your patients on the advantages and use of implanted ports. An implanted port allows the doctor or nurse to deliver medications and fluids or withdraw blood samples without having to stick your veins directly with a needle.
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Will the port affect my normal daily activities?

For the first few days after you receive the port, try to avoid strenuous activities. Once your incision heals, you should be able to return to your normal daily activities, such as bathing, swimming or jogging.
Ask your doctor or nurse about specific activities and the appropriate
time to resume them.

Will I need to wear a bandage over the port?

A bandage will be required until your incision heals. After the incision has healed, a bandage is not required if the port is not being used. If you are receiving continuous infusions of fluids, a bandage may be applied to stabilize and protect the needle while it is in place.

Do I have to avoid wearing certain types of clothing?

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

Who pays for the port?

Insurance policies vary, so check with your insurance company first.

Will the port activate security alarms?

Security systems most likely will not detect the small amount of metal in the port.
If it does occur, simply show your Medical Alert Identification Card.

How long will I have my port?

The port can stay in place for as long as your doctor determines that you need it.

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

Yes. When no longer needed, the port can be removed in a simple procedure similar
to the one used to implant it.

Is the port compatible with MRI, CT scans or radiation therapy?

Yes. All Bard Access Systems' ports are non-ferromagnetic and MRI compatible.

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