Portacaths are recommended when you require frequent administrations of fluids or medications. The device is implanted completely under your skin. The portal section is implanted on your chest wall by making a small incision. The catheter portion is then tunnelled or pushed from the port to the base of your neck where it is inserted into the jugular vein where it is advanced until the tip of the catheter is located just above the heart. The position of the catheter tip is checked by the use of an Xray. The incision is then closed with sutures. Portacaths can be left in place for months or even years.