Saturday, July 3, 2004

V/P Shunt

I was sound asleep but woke up a few minutes ago so I decided to do a quick entry. 

The doctors decided to do a different operation on my sister than they had previously planned.  Now they are going to put in a ventriculoperitoneal (v/p) shunt. 

I wanted to mention how the procedure goes.  This is a warning right now not to read this paragraph if you do not want to know the discription.  Forwarned!  The procedure goes as follows:  When the patient is asleep a hole is drilled in the skull.  A small catheter is passed into a ventricle of the brain.  Another catheter is attached to the pump and tunneled under the skin, behind the ear, down the neck and chest, and into the peritoneal cavity (abdominal cavity).  The CSF (Cerebrospinal fluid) is absorbed in the peritoneal cavity.

Valerie, if you want to correct me on anything, please feel free!

I was going to talk about John's and my dinner last night but I think I will save that for another time! 


1 comment:

  1. Hope the shunt goes ok.


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