Mediport Placement

A port is a small medical appliance that is surgically installed beneath the skin. A plastic tube (catheter) connects the port to a vein to deliver medicine, blood products, nutrients, or fluids into the bloodstream. The catheter can also remove blood for testing. Most chemotherapy drugs use ports.

During a mediport placement with a central venous catheter, a doctor surgically inserts the device under the skin in the upper chest or in an arm. The port appears as a bump under the skin. It is completely internal and requires no special maintenance. The breast surgeon also surgically inserts the catheter from the port into a nearby vein. The position enables medicine or other fluids to be spread throughout the body quickly and efficiently.

The mediport placement procedure may be necessary for breast cancer treatment and is minimally invasive under local anesthesia.