Mediport Placement Post-op Instructions

You had surgery to place an infusion port under the skin on the chest. This is commonly used for chemotherapy infusion.

Incisions:
This was done through an incision that has been closed with absorbable sutures under the skin which you cannot see, and do not have to be removed. There is glue like dressing called Dermabond covering the wound. You may shower the day after surgery, but do not submerge (in a bath, pool or ocean) for 10 days. If the port is accessed (has a needle sticking through the skin into the port), it must be kept dry, sterile and covered with a dressing.

Diet:
The expectation is that you will go home the day of surgery. After going home, there is not a need for a special diet.

Pain:
Pain after this surgery is minimal, and should be able to be managed with OTC medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen. I do not generally prescribe pain medication for this procedure.

Activity:
You should be up and around soon after surgery. Resume normal activity when you get home, but avoid repetitive motions involving the upper extremity on the side of the port. Do not drive or plan anything consequential for the day of surgery, since you will have been given sedation.

Issues you may have:
Chemotherapy can be started the same day as the port is placed, but be sure to let me know so I can leave it accessed (meaning leave an infusion needle in it). This would avoid having to have a fresh, and possibly tender port accessed by the oncology clinic.
Call the office if you have Pain that is worsening and or associated with a fever (temperature equal or greater than 101). It is normal to have some pain, and perhaps even a low grade fever. Take ibuprofen, or Tylenol.
Wound infection is rare. There can be bruising around the incision site, but if there is increasing redness, tenderness or drainage from the incision site, call the office.