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

  • What happens icon plus

    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.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    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.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    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.

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