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Vascular Access

Picc Line Placement

This is a surgical procedure in which a central catheter or PICC line is inserted into a vein in your arm and into the superior vena cava. IV medications can be given through this line and blood can be drawn without you having to have multiple needle sticks.

Before Surgery

  • Review all medications including over the counter and any vitamins and herbs with your doctor. Also make your doctor aware of any allergies.

During Surgery

  • Local anesthesia will be used to numb the area and your arm will be cleaned and covered with a sterile cloth.
  • The PICC line is inserted into a vein just above the bend of your elbow and then guided into a large vein in your chest. A chest x ray will be done to confirm placement.

After Surgery

  • Once the line is in place it will be covered with a sterile dressing and can stay in place for weeks or even months if needed.
  • The area will need to be kept clean and dry for 5 days and then it can be accessed by your doctor's office and they will also doing dressing changes if needed.

Risks of this Procedure

  • Infection
  • Bruising
  • Puncture of artery, nerve or tendon
  • Clot formation
  • Inflammation of the vein