A surgeon working in a small operating room with an assistantBroviac Placement Pediatric Surgery

If you have a sick child, it may feel like your woes are endless. It can seem like the hits just keep coming every time you have to take your child in for blood work. It’s a sad reality, but some children fall ill, and it requires them to receive continued treatment. When it becomes a regular occurrence that your child needs blood work and fluids, your pediatrician will recommend a broviac placement surgery. While surgery for your child might be the last thing you want to do, it’s important that you hear out your pediatric surgeon, as they may have a solution that will help your child in the long run. Here is a breakdown to help you understand what a broviac placement is, how it works, and how it can benefit you and, most importantly, your child.

What is a Broviac Placement?


A broviac placement is a central line that acts as a permanent option for an IV. This allows your child to be given nutrition and medication, and it also simplifies the process of taking blood samples. There are two types of broviac placements:

  1. Broviac Catheter
  2. Broviac Port

Both the port and the catheter can be placed on either the right side of the body or the left. Here at Alaska Pediatric Surgery, we place them to the left.

What is the difference?

  • The Broviac Catheter can be seen from the outside of the skin. The ends of the catheter will be hooked up to a syringe or medicine IV.
  • The Broviac Port is completely under the skin. When the port is needed, a needle will be placed through the skin into the port.

What Happens In Surgery?

On the day of surgery, your child will be given an IV of fluids and pain medication. The procedure is only about 45 minutes long, and the doctor will place the catheter or port on the left side, depending on if your child has had a port before.

The broviac placement surgery is an outpatient procedure, so you and your child can go home the day of the surgery. Swelling and bruising is to be expected, but if you notice drainage or your child’s fever reaches 104 degrees, contact us right away.


Broviac placement is a great way to make your child’s treatment that much easier for your pediatrician and your child. If you should have any questions about broviac placement, be sure to contact our pediatric clinic for answers to your questions.

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