Hydrocephalus & Shunts

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).

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