Choosing to insert a shunt of any kind can be a big decision for hydrocephalus sufferers. As with anything, there are both pros and cons to living with a foreign object inside your head; read more to see what I have experienced with my first VP shunt.
I was blessed to find a great neurosurgery team, and I cannot say enough how utterly important it is to find a care team that matches your needs. Meet my neurosurgery heroes from Houston Methodist!
When I signed up for brain surgery #2, I don't think I understood exactly what I was getting myself into. After all, the strong pain meds administered during my first operation seemed to wipe most of those unfavorable memories from my mind. So, it was a bit of a surprise when I had my first shunt placed a few months ago.*
*This post includes graphic images which my be considered disturbing to some readers. Please continue reading at your own discretion.
Though congenital hydrocephalus is usually diagnosed in infants, my story is a good example of how it can go completely undiagnosed into adulthood. Check out how I remained a baffling medical mystery until the ripe age of 27!