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Hydrocephalus Surgery Cost

Hydrocephalus is caused when cerebrospinal fluid(CSF) builds up excessively within the fluid-containing cavities also called ventricles of the brain. Hydro means water and cephalus mean the head. Thus the word denotes the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid. The cost of brain shunt or cerebral shunt or CSF shunt or hydrocephalus shunt in Hyderabad depends on various factors.

Causes for Hydrocephalus

The imbalance between the production of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)and its absorption into the bloodstream causes Hydrocephalus’. CSF is produced by the tissues lining in the ventricles of the brain. It flows in the spaces around the brain and spinal column.

The fluid imbalance can occur due to many reasons:

  • Obstruction- Blockage in the flow of cerebrospinal fluid from one ventricle to another or from the ventricles to other regions of the brain

  • Overproduction: CSF is produced at a greater pace than its absorption

  • Poor absorption: There is an issue in absorption due to inflammation of brain tissues due to disease or injury.

Treatment of Hydrocephalus and the Hydrocephalus Shunt cost in Hyderabad

Hydrocephalus can be treated directly by implanting a device called a “shunt” to direct the excess CSF away from the brain. The shunt is a flexible tube which is inserted inside the skin along with a catheter and a valve to drain the excess CSF. The price for the brain shunt cost or cerebral shunt also called CSF shunt in Hyderabad may vary from other parts of India.

As per the average, the implant price for the CSF shunt also going by brain shunt, cerebral shunt and hydrocephalus shunt in Hyderabad may start with INR 5,00,000.

The shunt, once placed, remains inside the body of the patient for a lifetime. For maintenance, the hydrocephalus treatment costs in Hyderabad can increase. In some cases, additional operations to revise the shunt system may lead to a higher price for hydrocephalus treatment in Hyderabad.

In a few cases, another alternative operation called endoscopic third ventriculostomy is carried out. Here a tiny camera is used to visualize and make a new path for the direction of CSF flow. The average cost for the treatment of hydrocephalus in Hyderabad is INR 6,00,000.


FAQs

  1. What is the importance of CSF?

    CSF is a clear organic liquid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. It is crucial because it:

    • Acts as a shock-absorber

    • Acts as a vehicle for delivering nutrients and removing waste from the brain

    • Flows between the cranium and spine to regulate changes in pressure

    • Keeps the heavy brain buoyant and allows it to float within the skull.

  2. What are the symptoms of hydrocephalus?

    Hydrocephalus can cause permanent brain damage thus recognising the symptoms is necessary. It is very common to observe the condition in children but people may develop it at any age.

    In infants and toddlers the signs of this disease are:

    • Seizures

    • Vomiting

    • Extreme fussiness

    • Downward fixated eyes

    • Poor feeding

    • Low strength

    • Short high-pitched cries

    • Crossed eyes

    • Constant eyes

    • Changes in facial structure

    • Irritability

    • Loss of coordination and bladder control

    For young or middle-aged adults, the symptoms include:

    • Loss of Coordination

    • Difficulty in walking

    • Poor Memory

    • Vision and bladder problems

    • Chronic headache

  3. What is the success rate of shunt surgery?

    The survival rate after CSF shunt surgery is almost 70% and is mostly safe. There are less than 10% chances for infection in the patient after a shunt implant.

  4. Can cerebral fluid disappear on its own?

    No, it doesn’t go on its own. It requires special attention since CSF is deep in the cavities of the brain.

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