What Is a Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) Shunt?
At Hart Gardner MD, we specialize in ventriculoperitoneal shunts and other neurosurgical procedures in Minnesota so you can find relief from your symptoms. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
Why Is VP Treatment Needed?
If left untreated, hydrocephalus can be severely debilitating, leading to cognitive damage, developmental delays, and other serious concerns. It can even be life-threatening. A ventriculoperitoneal shunt works by draining fluid away from your brain, alleviating symptoms, and improving your quality of life.
Step 1: Consultation
During your initial appointment, we’ll go over your case and review your options. We may also need to perform an MRI or CAT scan to assess your condition.
Step 2: The Procedure
Ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery is fairly straightforward. We will insert a tublike structure to allow fluid to drain from your brain cavities, minimizing further damage.
Step 3: Recovery
Your doctor will walk you through your aftercare. You may be able to return to work and other moderate activities after a week. However, you should be careful not to hit your head for at least six weeks following the surgery.