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The Benefits of a Port - Interventional Radiology

It’s a quick and easier way for patients to receive chemotherapy. “Instead of a nurse having to give an IV in the wrist, or arm, or elbow, instead they can actually access the port which allows for easy and quick access for medication administration and blood draws,” explained Dr. David Johnson, a diagnostic radiologist on the medical staff of Lee Health. In a 30 minute procedure, the port is placed under the skin in the chest. Patients diagnosed with cancer or an autoimmune disorder may qualify for a port to help them receive the medicine they need without damaging their veins “Some chemotherapy agents can be quite irritating to the walls of the veins. If we can administer a medicine via port that medicine will go into the larger veins in the chest and get diluted much more quickly and it doesn’t cause that same irritation,” he said. Ports can stay in the body safely for years. Once a patient has completed their treatment, the port can be removed in a quick procedure. “This is a very commonly performed procedure. I perform one or two of these a day. Unfortunately, we have a lot of cancer patients in our community that we serve,” said Dr. Johnson. Helping patients get the treatment they need while saving them time and minimizing their pain. View More Health Matters video segments at Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit