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Many people with normal pressure hydrocephalus enjoy a normal life with the help of a shunt. Regular, ongoing checkups with the neurosurgeon will help ensure that your shunt is working correctly, your progress is on track, and you are free to keep living the way you want.
Normal pressure hydrocephalus requires long-term follow-up care. It is important to have regular check-ups with the neurosurgeon so they can monitor your progress and test for any changes that may indicate a shunt malfunction.
You’ll need to attend medical check-ups according to the schedule your healthcare team recommends. Physical and occupational therapy may also speed recovery and further enhance your health.
The physical aspect of normal pressure hydrocephalus is just one part of dealing with this condition. Emotional factors for you and your family must also be considered. Sharing your feelings with your doctors will help them to provide the best professional guidance for you.
Many people handle their emotions with the help of relatives and friends. For others, professional help may be necessary. Healthcare professionals are interested in the total well-being of their patients. The plan is always to do what is best for the individual and their family in an effort to accomplish this goal.
Patients & caregivers: This information is designed to provide you with helpful educational information but is for information purposes only, is not medical advice, and should not be used as an alternative to speaking with your doctor. No representation is made that the information provided is current, complete, or accurate. Medtronic does not assume any responsibility for persons relying on the information provided. Be sure to discuss questions specific to your health and treatments with a healthcare professional. For more information please speak to your healthcare professional.