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Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Placement For Hydrocephalus In Children


Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt placement is surgery to help remove excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in your child's brain.


Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wound care:

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


Your child may need to rest after surgery. Your child's healthcare provider will tell you when your child can return to his daily activities.

Contact your healthcare provider or surgeon if:

  • Your child has a fever.
  • Your child has a painful headache that does not go away with medicine.
  • Your child suddenly starts vomiting.
  • Your child is sleepier than usual.
  • The incisions from surgery become swollen, red, more painful, or have pus coming from them.
  • Your child's stitches or staples come apart.
  • You have questions about your child's condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your child has sudden shortness of breath.
  • Blood soaks through your child's bandage.
  • Your child has trouble thinking clearly, is very fussy, or is hard to awaken.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.