Reply To: medi-port

June 4, 2006 at 12:16 pm

Hi Bonney,

My 4 year old daughter has a Broviac Catheder in her chest to administer IVIG. It is a small tube that sticks out about 10 inches. She was put under for it to be inserted & woke up totally fine. She did have a little pain 2 days afterwards but it went away with Motrin.

From what I understand, with a PORT they will have to poke through the skin with a needle before infusing. That is why we chose the Broviac. We just screw the tubing on & we are all set. There is a higher rate of infection with what my daughter has though.

I think that a PORT is a fantastic idea if you have problems getting IV’s. Life is SO much easier for my daughter now.

I know that you are nervous about the surgery but it was really easy. I think it took about 20 minutes from start to finish.

Good luck!