Port patients: Questions to ask your doctor

At BVI, we believe that being an informed patient is key to your health and wellness. So, we’re sharing some questions that we think will make getting a port placement just a little easier.

  • Why are you recommending a catheter or port?
  • What are the risks of a catheter or port?
  • Are there any tests that need to be done prior to placing the port?
  • Will my health insurance cover the costs associated with inserting a catheter or port?
  • What do I need to do before the catheter or port is inserted?
  • Will I feel any pain when the catheter or port is inserted?
  • How long does the procedure take?
  • How long will the catheter or port be left in?
  • How should I care for my catheter or port?
  • Will I be able to see or feel a catheter or port under my skin?
  • Can I wear regular clothes with a catheter or port?
  • Can I bathe and swim with a catheter or port?
  • Can I exercise with a catheter or port?
  • Will a catheter or port interfere with radiation therapy or scans?
  • Whom should I contact if I have problems with my catheter or port?

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