BackTable / VI / Podcast / Episode #153
with Dr. Christopher Beck and Dr. Aaron Fritts
Dr. Christopher Beck and Dr. Aaron Fritts discuss the Mediport placement procedure, including differences in technique (tie-down vs snug pocket), tips and tricks, and avoiding complications.
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2021, September 10). Ep. 153 – Mediport Placement [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com
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Dr. Christopher Beck
Dr. Chris Beck is a practicing interventional radiologist with Regional Radiology Group in New Orleans.
Dr. Aaron Fritts
Dr. Aaron Fritts is a Co-Founder of BackTable and a practicing interventional radiologist in Dallas, Texas.
In this episode, our co-hosts Dr. Chris Beck and Dr. Aaron Fritts share their tips and techniques to make Mediport placement more efficient and comfortable for both IRs and patients.
They start by discussing common reasons for port placement, noting that the majority of patients need them for chemotherapy, but they can also be helpful for patients who need access for frequent blood transfusions. As for contraindications, it is best to wait on patients who are currently experiencing active infections. Radiation burns, mastectomies, and bleeding disorders are not absolute contraindications, but these conditions can present challenges to port placement that might require extra planning.
Next, they walk through a port placement procedure, giving insights to their personal preferences. Dr. Beck uses the micropuncture needle to administer lidocaine along the track that he will be tunneling, to reduce the number of sticks. Both doctors aim to create a “snug pocket” for the Mediport, which reduces to suture it into place. As for avoiding complications, they prescribe antibiotics depending on the hospital protocols and exercise caution with patients who are sensitive to arrhythmias. Finally, they discuss the satisfaction of port removal and emotional significance for patients.
This episode is also available in video format on our BackTable YouTube channel (linked below).
Watch the Video Podcast: https://youtu.be/PwDqG3av3eE
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