Chemoport Placement and Removal

A Port is a device installed beneath the skin that connects a catheter to a vein. The port is typically inserted in the upper chest, below the collarbone. The existence of a port creates better access with which to deliver drugs as well as take blood.

The Procedure

The surgery to place a chemo port is considered relatively minor and can be performed under local anesthesia or conscious sedation. The procedure most often takes place in a hospital or outpatient clinic.


The doctor will discuss with you how to care for and maintain the device. Classes are also offered to help patients better understand how to take care of the port.


Possible complications include infection, mechanical failure, thrombosis, pneumothorax, and arterial injury.