Hydrocephalus occurs when an abnormal amount of cerebrospinal fluid builds up within the cavities, or ventricles, of the brain.
This fluid can cause swelling and pressure in the brain leading to headaches, dizziness, nausea, vision problems, balance and coordination issues, and cognitive impairment. To treat hydrocephalus the excess fluid is drained and diverted to another area of the body where is can be naturally absorbed.
This is achieved through the surgical implantation of a shunt. A shunt is simply a flexible tube inserted in the area of the brain where the fluid is accumulating and channelling the fluid elsewhere, most commonly the abdomen. The shunt also contains a valve which maintains the correct fluid pressure in the ventricles of the brain. The shunt can be either a short term or life long solution.
Using the latest minimally invasive techniques, this surgery only requires a number of small incisions (usually made behind the ear).
Experienced in the latest keyhole surgery techniques, Dr. Byrne uses this minimally invasive procedure to effectively treat both brain and spinal conditions. This surgical technique only requires a small incision (usually less than 10mm), which allows the surgeon to gain direct access to the area they are operating on. Conducted under general anaesthetic, the surgeon […]
Brain surgery has been revolutionised over recent years through the development of new technology, advanced imaging, new surgical approaches and enhanced techniques. In addition to open brain surgery where a portion of the skull is removed to access the brain, more and more conditions can be treated through very small holes in the skull […]