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How Long Does It Take For An Adult To Recover From Shunt Surgery For Hydrocephalus
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
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
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
Age 27 yrs with hydrocephalus had III ventriculostomy 17 yrs ago and then had a programmable shunt 8 yrs ago, decompression surgery 5 yrs. Ok to fly?
Probably: If you are not having headaches or other signs of shunt malfunction, you should not have any problems flying. ...Read more
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
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?
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
My child has hydrocephalus n we have no idea to put a shunt. . hw long will she survive? ? She is nw 2 mnths old and she has haemerages also
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
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
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
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
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?
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
What's are the difference between the three available programmable shunts commonly used to treat hydrocephalus?
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
No: This is a relatively straight forward operation. ...Read more
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
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
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
My husband has hydrocephalus with shunt. Placed 21 years ago. He is having headaches, some pretty severe. Should we be concerned?
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
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
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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