Questions and Answers – Getting a Shunt

How do I know if a shunt is right for me or my family member?

In order to determine whether a shunt is right for you or your family member, your neurosurgeon will use one or more of a variety of possible diagnostic tests. He or she will also consider any other conditions present.

What kinds of doctors will be involved in the procedure?

You’ll work with a variety of healthcare professionals as you pursue shunt therapy for yourself or your family member.

What happens during shunt implantation surgery?

View outline of the procedure

How long is the hospital stay for shunt placement?

Most patients leave the hospital within 2 to 7 days, depending on their clinical progress.

What happens after the procedure is over?

Immediately after surgery, patients are taken to the post-anesthesia care unit. They stay there for close observation for an hour or so and then are taken to their own room.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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