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Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Placement for Hydrocephalus in Children


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


Call 911 for any of the following:

  • Your child has sudden shortness of breath.
  • Your child has trouble thinking clearly, is very fussy, or is hard to awaken.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Blood soaks through your child's bandage.
  • Your child's stitches or staples come apart.
  • Your child suddenly starts vomiting.
  • Your child is sleepier than usual.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child has a fever.
  • Your child has a painful headache that does not go away with medicine.
  • The incisions from surgery become swollen, red, more painful, or have pus coming from them.
  • You have questions about your child's condition or 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.

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

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

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