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

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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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?

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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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

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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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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

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

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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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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 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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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