Things to Know Before You “Just Get a Port” with Dr. Aaron Fritts


June 30th, 2022

40 mins 4 secs

Season 1

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About this Episode

The list of things to do before starting chemo includes the seemingly ordinary task of getting a port (sometimes called a medi-port). Get your blood work, pick up groceries, wash the car, get a port… But port placement is actually surgery and being unprepared for the procedure can result in some unpleasant surprises or unexpected pain.

Interventional radiologist Dr. Aaron Fritts explains the procedure and answers our questions about ports, including a step-by-step walk through of the surgery, the options for sedation, and what you can and can’t do with a port.

Before you get a port, you’ll want to hear Dr. Fritts’ advice for advocating for yourself, preventing infection and how to avoid the complications he has seen when things go wrong.


Away from patient care, Dr. Fritts leads BackTable, a medical education podcast network for doctors covering interventional radiology, vascular surgery, technology & innovation, and more.


Find Dr. Fritts at Texas Radiology Associates

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