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Living With the Surgery
Hydrocephalus requires long-term follow-up care. It’s important that you have regular check-ups with the neurosurgeon so he or she can monitor progress and test for any changes that may indicate a shunt malfunction.
You will need to have medical check-ups according to the schedule your neurosurgeon recommends. The addition of physical and occupational therapy may be required to speed recovery and further enhance health.
If the individual with hydrocephalus is a child, remember that he or she may be fearful of what’s happening. Many children may suspect a serious problem even if you haven’t come right out and characterised it in that way.
If you need help knowing where to begin, most children’s hospitals have a specialist on staff that can help explain hydrocephalus and surgery on the child’s developmental level. There are also numerous children’s books available to help children better understand their visits to the hospital.
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