Once the port-a-cath is implanted, in the area of the right breast, under the skin, you will have 2 small patches that cover the two incisions.
- The first patch change should be done 24 hours after implantation.
- Then the next gauze pad should be changed every two days or sooner if it is soiled, wet or detached.
- Once the incisions have healed, the patch can be removed.
Remember: Before changing the patch, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for more than 20 seconds. Carefully remove the existing patch and wipe the area clean.
Tell your doctor if you notice swelling or bruising in the area, pus or fluid, local redness, heat or sensitivity around the incision area, as well as if you develop a fever above 38 ° C, as all these may be signs of possible infection.
Furthermore, immediately after the implant you may feel discomfort or pain in the incision area but it goes away after 48 hours. You can take a mild painkiller if feel you need it. And if the pain persists or increases, don’t hesitate to call your doctor.
- For the first few days, avoid activities that require heavy work and dangerous contact sports. Do not lift any objects weighing more than 4.5 kg, until your incisions heal (usually within 10-14 days). After healing you can return to your normal activities.
- You can take a bath 2-3 days after implantation, and after healing you can also enjoy a swim.
- Do not drive for the first 24 hours after implantation. The compulsory use of a car seat belt can put pressure on your wounds. In the following days and until healing, you can drive as long as you place a small pillow or a folded towel between the belt and your body.
- You can travel by plane. Airport metal detectors do not damage the port-a-cath system and in most cases do not activate the detector alarm.
- In the future, watch out for: signs of infection, swelling, displacement of the needle outside the port-a-cath system (if it has been left inside), swelling, bleeding. In any such case, contact your doctor immediately and follow his or her instructions.
The port-a-cath system requires rinsing every 4-6 weeks if not in use. This is done to prevent the catheter from becoming blocked, because if it does, then it will no longer be functional and may need to be removed.