what to expect after shunt surgery

After shunt surgery, you will be moved from the operating room to the recovery room, where a nurse will watch you closely to make sure you are doing all right before moving you to a regular hospital room. The nurse will check your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, and temperature. He or she will also check your brain function by asking you some questions after you wake up from the anesthesia. The nurse will also check your neurologic condition by asking you to move your arms, legs, fingers, and toes.

When you wake up after surgery, expect to feel weak and tired. This is natural as your body starts to heal. Nurses will be there to help you, and they will want you to get up and get moving soon after surgery to help speed the recovery process. As you get better, you will be allowed to do more things such as eating solid foods again and getting up by yourself to use the bathroom. You will be discharged from the hospital as soon as your neurosurgeon feels you are ready, usually in a day or two after surgery. Your neurosurgeon will give you specific instructions about what you can and cannot do while you are recovering at home.

When you get home from the hospital you will still need to rest. During this time, you will concentrate on building up your strength so you can return to school, which may take a few weeks. Your neurosurgeon will let you know when it is okay to return to all of your usual activities

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Hydrocephalus is a combination of the Greek word “hydro” which means water and “cephalus” which means head.