Port-a-cath after reconstruction?

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Question from El: Can a port-a-cath be inserted following reconstructive surgery?
Answers - Maurice Nahabedian A port-a-cath can be inserted. Usually they're inserted into one of the large veins near the clavicle or collarbone, and this is usually far enough away from the reconstruction that it will not hurt the reconstruction.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. A port-a-cath is a device used to deliver medication and to withdraw blood for testing. It is usually a plastic tube-like thing that sits under the skin and goes into a blood vessel.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Breast Reconstruction featured Maurice Nahabedian, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about different techniques in breast reconstruction, the pros and cons of implants and body tissue transfers, when you might want to reconstruct, and many more issues related to rebuilding your breast/s after breast cancer surgery.

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