Ventriculoperitoneal shunt

A PROCEDURE TO ALLOW FLUID TO BE DRAINED FROM THE BRAIN, CAUSED BY A CONDITION CALLED HYDROCEPHALUS

 

Our neurosurgeons can carry out a ventriculoperitoneal shunt to drain excess fluid on the brain

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About ventriculoperitoneal shunt

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 ventriculoperitoneal shunt to drain the fluid so it doesn't pose a risk.

Need to know

A ventriculoperitoneal shunt is a small device that aims to relieve pressure on the brain, caused by a build-up of fluid. Your neurosurgeon will start by making a small hole in the skull, before inserting a shunt (thin tube) into your brain.

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 will allow the fluid on your brain to drain into a cavity in your abdomen, where it can reabsorb into your body naturally.

You'll mostly likely be asked to attend an appointment with your neurosurgeon. They'll explain your shunt surgery to you, explaining any possible risks and side effects.

If a ventriculoperitoneal shunt isn't right for you, we may recommend an Endoscopic third ventriculostomy, which involves re-routing the fluid rather than draining it.

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

Ventriculoperitoneal 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 Ventriculoperitoneal 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 Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH 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

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