Terry, hello my name is Carm and I am an oncology/ end of life nurse. The Ommaya reservoir is a cerebral port and is usually placed at the top of the head so the catheter is placed into the ventricle. It is an access to spinal fluid. You will be put under and they will shave a spot on the top of the head. The surgeon will make a small incision and then bore a small hole in the skull to the dura mater. Then once a tiny slit is made they insert the catheter and it kind of looks like a thumbtack under the skin. The doc closes the wound and you go home the next day and resume normal activities. When he wants to take a sample of spinal fluid or give chemo he just sticks the needle in and gives or gets what he needs. I have never had a patient complain of anything more than a little pin XXX. Very painless for the patient and the placement procedure is pretty quick as well. I hope I have answered your question, Carm.
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) Questions
Asked by Terry15 on Saturday, December 15, 2012
Would love info on surgery and experiences with this device
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