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Brain surgery always entails some risk, but shunts have been used to treat hydrocephalus for more than 50 years. A neurosurgeon places the shunt, usually in less than an hour. Most people go home less than a week after surgery, ready to embrace a full, normal life.
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.
You’ll work with a variety of healthcare professionals as you pursue shunt therapy for treating hydrocephalus.
Your healthcare team will walk you through the surgical process, which includes important steps before, during, and after the procedure to implant a shunt.
We’ve provided answers here to some of the most common questions about shunt therapy for hydrocephalus.
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.