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How long does it take for an adult to recover from shunt surgery for hydrocephalus?

How long does it take for an adult to recover from shunt surgery for hydrocephalus?

Week: If the shunt is working appropritely then the intial symptoms, ie headache, ataxia, bladder issues will resolve quickly. The obdominal incision whether open or laparoscopic will become increasingly pain free over that same week. ...Read more

Shunt (Definition)

Device that allows the flow of usually a fluid between two places. Sometimes a shunt may be used during carotid endarterectomy surgery to maintain the blood flow to the brain while the carotid artery ...Read more


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I'm going to have shunt surgery for hydrocephalus and I'm scared?

I'm going to have shunt surgery for hydrocephalus and I'm scared?

Fairly routine: For an experienced and seasoned neurosurgeon, placement of a shunt to reduce pressure secondary to hydrocephalus is usually a safe and routine procedure, unlikely to be associated with complications. However, due to your fears, have a complete pre-operative meeting with the surgical team, and get all your questions and concerns addressed. ...Read more

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Why do I need to lie down for 24 hours after hydrocephalus shunt surgery?

Surgeon preference: Your surgeon must have a preference for you laying down. Every neurosurgeon's practice is different and yours definitely has his reasons. I would not second guess his protocol.
In our facility, our shunt patients are usually up and walking the evening of surgery and home the next day- but trust your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have normal pressure hydrocephalus, had surgery back in November of 2015 I do not have a shunt I wanted to know if it was safe for me to fly?

Confirm therapy: How was the diagnosis of NPH confirmed, particularly if no shunt was put in place? It would be best to understand the workup and treatment; while there haven't been specific recommendations made about normal pressure hydrocephalus and flying (commercial airlines use a peak altitude pressurized to 8000 feet) need more details; discussion with your neurosurgeon/neurologist would be important. ...Read more

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My father has obstructive hydrocephalus. The doctors want to do a VP Shunt surgery. I am worried about complications that might arise and seek info!

Risks of untreated: Obstructive hydrocephalus far outweigh risks of shunt placement by a qualified neurosurgeon. When a foreign body like a shunt is placed in a human body, there is risk of infection, clogging of the drain, etc., but long-standing ^ed pressure from excess cerebrospinal fluid wears away brain tissue like water wears away a rock. Www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/hydrocephalus/detail_hydrocephalus. Htm ...Read more

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Can be vp brain shunt surgery done by awake method (e.G. When the patient has apart from hydrocephalus (e.G heart dis.) and anest. Risk is so big?

Its not the rouitine: Vp shunt surgery is usually done with general anesthesia. This is the safest way to do it. Under extreme circumstances, it is possible to do this surgery with local anesthesia nd sedation, but again this will be very unusual.
Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Mon son had about three surgeries for treating hydrocephalus and every time the shunt gets blocked doctors say he will not walk?

Mon son had about three surgeries for treating hydrocephalus and every time the shunt gets blocked doctors say he will not walk?

Another opinion?: Have you got another opinion? If you have already done so, and this is the consensus, you may have to accept that your son will need other help. Make sure he is getting appropriate physical therapy. Many children do grow and develop well in spite of significant handicaps. Give him your love and help him to develop his special abilities. ...Read more

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Is non-communicating hydrocephalus terminal when the patient is not a candidate for either shunt or endoscopic third ventriculostomy (etv) surgeries?

Possibly: This depends on the chronicity of the hydrocephalus. If it has taken a while to build up to this stage, then the patient may slowly compensate for it. If it has occurred acutely, then the patient will likely expire. ...Read more

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How do you take care of a child with a shunt for hydrocephalus?

How do you take care of a child with a shunt for hydrocephalus?

Normally: As long as the shunt functions well, ther essentially is nothing that needs done other than to treat your child normally, with perhaps some care to avoid situations where there may be head trauma. ...Read more

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Are shunt operations for adult hydrocephalus patients usually completely successful?

Depends on Diagnosis: There are several types of hydrocephalus in adults. Shunting is typically most successful in patients with acquired hydrocephalus (e.g., hydrocephalus from a brain tumor, bleed, etc) and much less successful in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus. You will need to further discuss this subject with your neurosurgeon ...Read more

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88 year old DX hydrocephalus no shunt desired- how long to live with no shunt? On hospice & private caregiver.

88 year old DX hydrocephalus no shunt desired- how long to live with no shunt? On hospice & private caregiver.

Not necessarily a. .: Short term thing. If the elderly individual is already on hospice, this would indicate life expectancy is already 6 months or less. I don't believe that deciding not to have a shunt would impact that estimate of life expectancy in a measurable way, although more psychological and physical changes might be seen, and at a more rapid pace. Best wishes:) ...Read more

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My dad has hydrocephalus, he got surgery for it. Apparentl his memory isn't improving fast enough. Today he forgot something not short term. I'm scared?

? normal pressure: Some older patients start to lose balance, memory and bladder control. Brain scans show large ventricles but brain pressure is normal. Some can improve with a shunt, but others do not respond to surgery. I assume he has had extensive testing to exclude other conditions. Have faith he may improve over time. Discuss options with his doctor. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the possible surgery for hydrocephalus?

VP Shunt: Most common procedure is a ventriculoperitoneal shunt where cerebrospinal fluid from the ventricles in the brain are drained with a tube attached to a valve under the skin down to the peritoneal cavity in the abdomen where the fluid is absorbed. Other places for the fluid to be absorbed are the pleural cavity around the lung, or in a part of the heart called the atrium. ...Read more

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My bro have Hydrocephalus and he already had 2 unsuccessful surgery what I do please?

My bro have Hydrocephalus and he already had 2 unsuccessful surgery what I do please?

Need to talk: To his doctor, complex issue the stents known to get clogged requiring replacement. Several other factors age, reason for hydrocephalus etc are involved, speak to his doctor is a complex problem. ...Read more

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Is surgery the best treatment for hydrocephalus?

Yes: If you truly have hydrocephalus then surgery is the best therapy currently available. The only type of hydrocephalus that is controversial is normal pressure hydrocephalus (nph). The outcomes of surgery for nph are less consistent than for other types of hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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My baby has hydrocephalus and his back is open he can't move his legs a surgery was operated on his brain will he be able to walk?

My baby has hydrocephalus and his back is open he can't move his legs a surgery was operated on his brain will he be able to walk?

Meningomyelocele: For meningomyelocele, it depends on the level of the defect and the affected region if a child can ever walk. Good signs are moving the legs and having bowel and urine control. ...Read more

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Are there any options other than a shunt to help with hydrocephalus?

Possibly.: Hydrocephalus is caused by a blockage in cerebrospinal fluid flow. Depending on exactly where the blockage is, it might be amenable to an endoscopic 3rd ventriculostomy, where a small hole is punctured in the floor of the third ventricle to relieve the blockage. No external shunt is needed in these cases. If the blockage is in the wrong area however, this will not work. ...Read more

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What's are the difference between the three available programmable shunts commonly used to treat hydrocephalus?

Several Differences: Several differences exist. One the number of pressure settings, available to program, another is the ability to tolerate exposure to mri. Finally, the ability to 'virtually shut the device off' by using a high pressure setting is another feature present that may or may not be present in a given device.
Disclosure: I work for one of the companies that make these devices. ...Read more

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How common is the need for a shunt with external hydrocephalus?

Only if necessary: Hydrocephalus is a complex of high brain pressure and extra amount of brain water. Many patients have brain imaging that shows extra brain water but have no pressure. If there is no signs of obstruction along pathways through the brain, it is considered "external" hydrocephalus. If there is no pressure, there is no need for shunt. If there is definite pressure, a shunt is the best treatment. ...Read more

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What's the process involved in having a shunt operation due to hydrocephalus?

A tube is placed: The shunt for hydrocephalus simply takes fluid from an area of the brain where too much has accumulated and allows it to drain easily into another part of the body, usually the tissues inside the abdomen. To place it, the surgeon puts and anchors one end of a valved tube in the fluid area of the brain and the other in the abdomen. ...Read more

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In a baby with hydrocephalus and after shunting will the child need a new shunt next year or two?

In a baby with hydrocephalus and after shunting will the child need a new shunt next year or two?

Possibly: If the shunt stops working (shunt failure), it will need to be revised. This often entails placing a completely new shunt system or a partial new system. It is impossible to predict exactly when this will happen, but the general risk of shunt failure is 10% per year. The shunt may also need to be lengthened as the child grows. All of the above possibilities entail a surgical procedure. ...Read more

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My husband has hydrocephalus with shunt. Placed 21 years ago. He is having headaches, some pretty severe. Should we be concerned?

My husband has hydrocephalus with shunt. Placed 21 years ago. He is having headaches, some pretty severe. Should we be concerned?

See a neurosurgeon: There are many causes of headache. With a history of a vp shunt, I would suggest having the shunt evaluated by a neurosurgeon in their office and go from there. ...Read more

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Is it possible for the enlargement of the head be reversed, either surgically or not, after the hydrocephalus is treated with a shunt?

Is it possible for the enlargement of the head be reversed, either surgically or not, after the hydrocephalus is treated with a shunt?

Depends: This depends on whether or not the sutures of the head are fused. If you are 46yo with hydrocephalus and receive a shunt, it is not likely that the head size will reverse. The sutures of the head are usually fused by the age of 2 years and it is not possible to "shrink" the skull. I am not aware of any safe surgery done to correct this. ...Read more

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I know that 1 in 500 children are born w/hydrocephalus, but what's the statistics for acquired hydro? Percentage of people with vp shunts?

Unknown: Hydrocephalus has many causes. Most are in the chilhood age groups and are congenital. The age peak for adults is in the 70's and 80's. Tumors, trauma, and brain hemorrhage also cause hydro in adults and there are no known registries that can give you a number. You could search codman and johnson and johnson websites for hydro valve manufacturers. They may have numbers of valves sold. ...Read more

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What do parents have to know about the shunt placed on their child for hydrocephalus?

As much as possible: Much of the information can be obtained from the neurosurgeon that placed the shunt. It is good to keep a record with you because people move/travel. Some of the basic information you should have includes: reason for the shunt, type of shunt (including model/ company brand), where does the shunt go (ie. Brain to abdomen vs. To pleura), is the shunt MRI safe? A copy of a baseline ct scan is useful. ...Read more

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Hydrocephalus (Definition)

A condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid or "brain fluid" within the brain which causes increased pressure inside the skull. It can ...Read more