Brain surgery always entails some risk, but shunts have been used to treat hydrocephalus for more than 50 years. Typically, a neurosurgeon places the entire shunt in less than an hour. Most people go home less than a week after surgery.
In order to determine whether a shunt is right for you or your family member, your healthcare team will use one or more of a variety of possible diagnostic tests.
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