In this article, we have covered the following aspects of
- Best Hospitals in India for Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt
- Top Specialists in India for Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt
- Cost of Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt in India
- Understanding Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt
Best Doctors and Hospitals in India for VP Shunt
Following is a list of the most reputed specialists in India for VP Shunt.
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Cost of Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt
The cost of ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery is between USD 3000 and USD 4200 in India.
Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunting is a surgical procedure to treat a condition of hydrocephalus, i:e., excess cerebrospinal fluid in the brain’s ventricles. Surgeons place VP shunts in the brain ventricles to divert fluid from the brain. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes about an hour to complete.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make a little entry point behind the ear and then enter one catheter into the cerebrum through this opening. The other catheter goes behind your ear and is placed under the skin. This tube goes down to your chest and guts, permitting excess cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) to divert into the stomach pit, where your body absorbs it.
A tiny pump (valve) under the skin behind the ear is attached to both the catheters to automatically remove fluid with the increase in the pressure in the skull.
When is VP Shunt required?
Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt is done to treat thyroid disorders, such as hyperthyroidism or a thyroid enlargement that is causing difficulty in breathing or swallowing.
Anyone irrespective of age from babies to older adults can develop hydrocephalus and may require a VP shunt.
Recovery period of VP Shunt
Hospital stay is about a week. Your stitches or staples will be removed within 5-7 days. It is normal to feel some liquid moving around in your scalp. This will leave as your scalp heals. You will feel a lump on head at the place of valve or pump, which will not be visible once your hair grows back. You may or may not feel the shunt underneath your skin. You can get back to normal activities in about 10 days. Protect your head from any injury. Follow-up visits to the doctor will be required for few days.
Note (for foreign patients):
Besides South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), every year, India gets thousands of medical tourists from African countries- Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Ghana, Somalia,Gambia etc and Middle Eastern countries like Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, Yemen etc. Hence, if you are a citizen of any of these countries, there is good likelihood that you will be meeting some fellow citizens or same language speakers in the major hospitals in India. Almost all the top hospitals have translators for people of these region. Our patient support team is also well placed to assist you.