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CSF Shunting Procedures

A small incision is made on the head and abdomen (in the case of a VP shunt) in order for the neurosurgeon to pass through the tubing of the shunt and avoiding fatty tissue underneath the patient’s skin. A small hole is then made in the skull, gaining access to the open membranes among the brain and skull in where a small upper catheter is inserted to pass through the brain and into the ventricle. A lower catheter is then inserted through the abdomen past the belly to absorb the remaining CSF in the region. After complete absorption of the CSF, the incisions are then closed up and bandaged.