Portacath

Also known as: Central venous catheter insertion and removal, Vascular access device insertion and removal, VAD insertion and removal

A central venous catheter, or vascular access device (VAD), is a long, thin, flexible tube used to give medicines, fluids, nutrients or blood products over a long period of time, usually several weeks or more. A catheter is often inserted in the arm or chest through the skin into a large vein. The catheter is threaded through this vein until it reaches a large vein near the heart.

Providence Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Cancer Program serves patients with liver and pancreatic diseases including disorders of the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder and pancreas. Surgical procedures for these diseases are usually advanced and complicated. Special training and skill is required to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.

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