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Questions and Answers – Getting a Shunt

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)

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.

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What happens after the procedure is over?

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

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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.