Endoscopic third ventriculostomy

SURGICAL TREATMENT FOR FLUID ON THE BRAIN


We're experts in third ventriculostomy, a surgical procedure to re-route hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain)

About Endoscopic third ventriculostomy

Hydrocephalus refers to a build-up of fluid on the brain. If it isn't treated, it can put pressure on the brain, developing into a serious and potentially fatal condition.

Our neurosurgeons can carry out a third ventriculostomy to re-route the fluid so it doesn't pose a risk.

Need to know

An endoscopic third ventriculostomy is carried out under general anaesthetic. Your neurosurgeon will make a small incision in your skull. They will then use an endoscope (a flexible tube with a small camera) to guide them to the floor of the third ventricle of the brain.

There, a small hold will be created to allow the excess fluid to be re-routed, which in turn will normalise pressure on the brain. An endoscopic third ventriculostomy is an alternative to shunt surgery, which involves draining the fluid rather than re-routing it.

You'll mostly likely be asked to attend a pre-operation appointment with your HCA UK neurosurgeon. During this appointment, they'll explain how to prepare for your endoscopic third ventriculostomy. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant neurosurgeon will explain these to you.

After your endoscopic third ventriculostomy, you'll be transferred to our recovery ward, where you'll be cared for for a few days. Your consultant or nurse specialist will let you know when you can leave and get back to your usual routine.

Endoscopic third ventriculostomy Consultants

Mr Parag Sayal

Mr Parag Sayal

Neurosurgery

Mr Nicholas Haden

Mr Nicholas Haden

Neurosurgery

Mr Mansoor Foroughi

Mr Mansoor Foroughi

Neurosurgery

Mr Alireza Shoakazemi

Mr Alireza Shoakazemi

Neurosurgery

Our Endoscopic third ventriculostomy locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London
The Wilmslow Hospital

The Wilmslow Hospital

52-54 Alderley Road SK9 1NY Wilmslow

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