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Questions and Answers – Getting a Shunt

How do I know if a shunt is right for me?

In order to determine whether a shunt is right for you or your family member, your healthcare team will use one or more of a variety of possible diagnostic tests. He or she will also consider any other conditions you may have.
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How many doctors will be involved in the procedure?

You’ll work with a variety of healthcare professionals as you pursue shunt therapy.
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What happens during shunt implantation surgery?

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How long will I need to stay in the hospital for shunt placement?

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

What happens after the procedure is over?

Immediately after surgery, you’ll go to the post-anesthesia care unit. You’ll stay there for close observation for about an hour and then go to your 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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