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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son has a vp shunt at 1 year 3 months for hydrocephalus . He is 2 now but not walking yet. He was walking before 1 year. How long till he can walk?
Unknown: There is no way to project this outcome on a patient that I have so little information about. Whether or not the issue leading to the hydrocephalus damaged nerves could only be determined by exam and testing. This is something you should work out with a developmental pediatrician or neurologist after a proper evaluation. ...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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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