Lumbar-peritoneal shunt

SHUNT FOR HYDROCEPHALUS


If you have excessive cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), our expert neurosurgeons can treat you with a lumbar peritoneal shunt

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What is hydrocephalus and how can it be treated?

Hydrocephalus is the name given to a build-up of fluid on the brain. If left untreated, it can exert pressure on the brain and, in some cases, develop into a serious and potentially fatal condition.

Our neurosurgeons can carry out a lumbar peritoneal shunt to drain the fluid so it doesn't pose a risk.

Need to know

A lumbar peritoneal shunt is a small device that aims to relieve pressure on the brain, caused by a build-up of fluid on the brain. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic.

Your neurosurgeon will start by making a small incision in your lower back, before inserting a shunt (thin tube) into your spinal canal. The shunt will be joined to a one-way valve and then attached to another tube that travels under the skin to the abdomen. This allows the fluid on your brain to drain into a cavity in your abdomen, where it can reabsorb into your body naturally.
Your neurosurgeon will explain your lumbar peritoneal shunt procedure to you and answer any questions you might have. As you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking before surgery. You may also be asked to attend a nurse led pre-assessment clinic.

Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
After your lumbar peritoneal shunt, you'll be transferred to our recovery ward, where you’ll be looked after by a specialist team. Your neurosurgeon will explain your recovery time to you and when you can expect to get back to your usual routine.
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Andrew's story

Andrew shares his experience of undergoing shunt surgery for hydrocephalus and he was booked in for his operation at The Wellington Hospital on 11th October 2021.


Mr Neil Dorward performed the surgery and Andrew made a rapid recovery. Two days after the operation, he was walking around the ward unaided and was able to go home.

Lumbar-peritoneal shunt Consultants

Mr Neil Dorward

Mr Neil Dorward

Neurosurgery

Mr Francesco Vergani

Mr Francesco Vergani

Neurosurgery

Mr Sanjeev Bassi

Mr Sanjeev Bassi

Neurosurgery

Mr Nicholas Thomas

Mr Nicholas Thomas

Neurosurgery

Our Lumbar-peritoneal shunt 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

Patient stories

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