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

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

  • What happens during the shunt procedure? icon plus

    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.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    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 procedure icon plus

    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.

Our neurosurgeons

Our surgeons are experienced in treatment to manage a range of neurological conditions.

Our neurosurgeons work closely with neurologists and neurophysiologists to ensure a you received the best treatment for your condition. 

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From complex brain surgery to diagnostic tests and minor procedures, we provide exceptional neurosurgical care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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