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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
I seem to be having headaches and lower back pain everytime i bend down...
I wanted to know if there may be shunt malfunction due to hydrocephalus
Check with neuro: If you're having new onset headaches when bending at the waist and back pain which wasn't there before then, you could have several things...but with the presence of a shunt I wouldn't waste any time. Either get to your neurologist or neurosurgeon to get things looked at quickly. Don't hang out waiting for more to develop. If you'd like to talk 1-1 with me: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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