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Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Placement For Hydrocephalus In Adults

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt placement is surgery to help remove extra cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in your brain.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call 911 for any of the following:

  • You have a seizure.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • Your stitches or staples come apart.
  • You have a stiff neck or trouble thinking clearly.
  • You have a severe headache.
  • You suddenly start to vomit.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • Your wounds become swollen, red, more painful, or have pus coming from them.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Care for your wound as directed:

You may need to carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

Activity:

You may need to rest after surgery. Your healthcare provider will tell you when you can return to your daily activities.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You will need to return to have your stitches removed. Your healthcare provider will also check your progress. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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