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Chronic Venous Access Options

What is Venous Access? 

Venous access allows your provider to deliver medicine directly into your bloodstream, sparing patients the discomfort of repeated puncturing to the blood vessels. 

If you need regular injections of medicine over a long period, or if you will be receiving strong medicine, venous access can protect your veins. For example, some cancer patients have venous access portals to receive chemotherapy drugs. Physicians also use venous access devices to supply fluids, draw blood, and give blood transfusions. 

We offer convenient placement of long-term venous access in our office, including: 

  • Tunneled Hickman, Groshong, and dialysis (pheresis) catheters 
  • Infusion port placement and removal 

Who is a Candidate for Venous Access? 

You may be a candidate for a venous access device if you have a condition that requires prolonged access to your venous system and your veins are weak, scarred, or thin. For example, people with cancer often need venous access because chemotherapy drugs can irritate arm veins. People who have a severe infection and need long-term antibiotic treatment may also require venous access. 

The type of venous access portal that is right for you is based on several factors, including:  

  • How long you will need the port. 
  • What types of drugs will be used. 
  • How often you will receive injections or infusions. 
  • How healthy you are overall.  

You may require different types of venous access portals, from an IV to a port that is inserted into your large chest or neck veins and stays under your skin permanently. 

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William Julien, MD

Board-Certified Vascular Interventional Physician


Mana Khatkar, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant


Anissa Rodriguez, NP-C

Certified Nurse Practitioner


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To learn more about venous access, contact our offices conveniently serving the greater Southeast Florida region. We’re located in Coconut Creek, Boynton Beach, and Plantation, FL, and provide advanced vascular and interventional oncology treatments performed on an outpatient basis.