About 3 months ago, I made a really great decision. I decided to get a chest port. I was doing an infusion for my POTS once a week, now twice a week. I have very difficult veins and on an average, I usually get poked about 4-5 times before they find a good vein. When the option of a chest port came to me, I had no idea what it was or what it did. Here is all about a chest port.
What is a chest port?
A chest port is a long tube placed in your chest that goes through a vein called the jugular vein, and the port ends towards your heart (usually the right side of the chest). It is placed under the skin by Interventional Radiology or surgery.
Why get a chest port?
A chest port is placed to carry out nutrients and medications straight into your body. It is placed for a few different reasons; chemo, infusions, and certain medications; and a port can last as long as you need it (up to years).
My journey with a chest port.
Having POTS, my doctors have tried countless amounts of standard POTS medication, and none have helped me. After getting a lot of different doctors opinions, they finally decided I should try IV infusions once a week. Unfortunately, I have extremely small veins, so on average I had to be poked 4-6 times just to find a good vein.
They used every technique on me like the vein light, a warm pack to plump up my veins, and having every nurse on call check out my veins- nothing worked. Finally my doctor told me if I’m interested in a chest port he would order me one. Best decision I’ve ever made. After a quick procedure ( I did the Interventional Radiology route) a few stitches, and a bump under my skin, I healed pretty quickly! I have numbing cream to put on an hour before my infusion; that helps when they put the needle in my chest.
Needless to say, I now have to go twice a week for an infusion, and I’m so happy I only get poked twice a week, compared to what it would have been if I didn’t have the port. For me, it was a great decision! I luckily haven’t had any infections or trouble with my chest port. It is an easier way for me to get my treatments! Hopefully this well help me, on my road to recovery! Always look for options to better your health; which will better your future.
*Disclaimer* I am not a Doctor. I am just explaining what a chest port is and my experience. Please talk to your provider for a professional opinion.