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The implanted intrathecal portal placement is a safe medical procedure; but, as with any procedure, it has risks as well as benefits. To minimize the chance of complications, we ask that you follow a few simple guidelines:
Do not eat or drink anything for six hours prior to the procedure.
Following placement of the epidural portal you will be required to stay overnight for observation in the Ambulatory Treatment Unit (ATU).
It is required that you be accompanied to and from Stanford Health Care by a responsible adult driver.