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PICC Line Insert

A Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter, or “PICC line,” is a long, thin plastic tube inserted into a vein on the patient’s arm. This intravenous line allows blood to be drawn or medication to be distributed into the bloodstream and if necessary can be used for a prolonged period of time.

What to expect during the procedure:

  • The procedure takes about 15 minutes to perform.
  • Local anesthetic will be used at the site of insertion.

What to expect after the procedure:

  • A small part of the catheter will remain outside of your body. This part of the catheter will be covered by a sterile bandage.
  • You may have mild muscle soreness for 1-2 days for which you can use Tylenol or ibuprofen (unless otherwise contraindicated). You do not need to restrict movement of the arm in which the PICC has been placed.
  • Do not get the PICC line wet.
  • The PICC is ready to be used immediately after the procedure.


  • Anti-coagulation (blood thinners) should be stopped prior to the procedure. Please contact your doctor to discuss the details of discontinuing blood thinners.