Interventional Radiology (IR)
You have been scheduled to have your port
removed in the Interventional Radiology
(IR) Department at UW Hospital and Clinics
600 Highland Ave., Madison WI. This
handout explains some of the common
questions patients have about the procedure.
Please follow all instructions to avoid
having your procedure postponed.
How do I prepare for the port removal
1. A Nurse from the Interventional
Radiology Department will call you to
review this information with you.
Please tell the Nurse if you take blood
thinners, are allergic to anything, or are
2. Do not eat anything for 6 hours before
the port insertion. You may have clear
liquids such as clear juices or black
coffee up until 4 hours before the
3. In general, you may take your normal
morning medicines with a sip of water.
4. Because you will only need to take off
your clothes from the waist up, you
should wear comfortable bottom
clothing and a top that is easy to take
5. You must have someone with you to
drive you home after the procedure.
After receiving sedation for the
procedure, you should not drive or
make important personal or business
decisions until the next day.
Plan to stay for at least 4-6 hours.
Once you have checked into the G3/3
waiting area a nurse will walk you back to
the Radiology Prep Hold area for a brief
workup. The work up will include these
ξ Asking questions about your health
ξ Getting baseline vital signs (blood
pressure, pulse, etc).
ξ Placement of an IV that can be used for
blood draws, fluids, and pain medicine,
or sedation as needed.
ξ The doctor will discuss the procedure
with you and give you a consent form
to sign if you agree.
How the Port Is Removed
Once in the IR procedure room:
ξ A nurse will check your heart rate,
breathing, and blood pressure. You will
be given medicines to help you relax
and help with any pain.
ξ The technologist will prepare your skin
with sterile soap. A sterile drape will
be placed over your body. The drape is
made into a tent so that it does not lie
on your face. Cool air will flow under
the drape through a piece of tubing.
There is a clear plastic portion of the
drape so that you can talk with the
nurse in the room.
Checking Into the Radiology Waiting
The doctor will numb the site with lidocaine
and make a small incision near the port.
Then the port and attached tubing will be
removed. All of this is done under the
guidance of fluoroscopy (real time x-ray
seen on a TV screen). Once the port has
been removed the port pocket will be closed
with sutures and sterile surgical glue, there
may also be Steri-Strips.
Before you leave the room the nurse will
place a dressing on the site.
After The Procedure
You will be transferred back to the
prep hold room where the nurse will
check your port site, heart rate, blood
pressure, and breathing as ordered by
You will recover for about 2 hours
You will return in 7-10 days to have
your site checked by a nurse.
The doctor and nurse will discharge
you when they feel it is safe for you
to leave and your discharge
instructions have been reviewed with
ξ You may shower with the site
covered. Avoid soaking the incision
in water (no tub baths or swimming
ξ Do not do activities that pull on the
incision. You will most likely have
dissolvable sutures and surgical glue.
You may also have a few Steri-Strips
(white pieces of tape) over them. Do
not pull them off, allow them to fall
off by themselves. Do not pull glue
off if it becomes loose. Clip the
loose glue with scissors.
ξ Wear loose fitting clothing for a few
ξ Plan for rest, but also move around
the house as much as you can. You
can resume your normal routine
when you feel ready.
ξ Do not drive while you are taking
narcotic pain pills.
ξ Do not do heavy lifting or strenuous
upper body movement for 1 week.
ξ It is normal to have small areas of
ξ Check your incision daily for signs
and symptoms of infection: increased
redness or swelling, red or hot
incision, foul smelling drainage, or a
fever over 100°F.
When to Call the Doctor
ξ Fever over 100° F for 2 readings
taken 4 hours apart
ξ Excess swelling
ξ More redness at incision site
ξ Bleeding or pus from incision
ξ Increase in pain
If you have any questions or problems once
you are at home, call the Radiology
Department (608) 263-9729 Option 3
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30
After hours, weekends, and holidays, call
(608) 262-2122 this number will be
answered by the paging operator. Ask for
the Interventional Radiologist on call.
Leave your name and phone number with
the area code. The doctor will call you
back. If you live out of the area, call
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you have any
questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not medical
advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each person’s health needs are
different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using this information. If you have an
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