Excess Fluid Around the Brain Treatment
Treatment for hydrocephalus depends on the underlying cause and usually includes the placement of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. A VP shunt is a tube that drains extra fluid from around the brain, into the abdominal cavity. About 75 percent of people with hydrocephalus require a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt.
Treatment for hydrocephalus includes:
- Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt for hydrocephalus:
- A VP shunt is a tube that drains extra fluid from around the brain, into the abdominal cavity.
- The tube runs from the head to the abdomen, under the skin.
- Acetaminophen for pain
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
Excess Fluid Around the Brain Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of hydrocephalus.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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