VP Shunt

A ventriculo-peritoneal (VP) shunt is a device that is used to transfer spinal fluid from your brain or spine to the abdominal cavity when the brain or spine are not able to absorb spinal fluid at the rate that it is made. Our specially trained Neurosurgeons place a small tube into the fluid spaces of the brain called the ventricle and tunnel the small tube under the skin into the abdominal cavity. This allows the fluid to then be reabsorbed into the blood from the belly.  A small dial, the valve, resides under the skin allowing for setting adjustments to be made in the office without having to undergo further procedures. In cases where the abdomen cannot be utilized, our Neurosurgeons also specialize in placement of the catheter at other locations in the body.