A condition of the brain where the cerebrospinal fluid is being accumulated abnormally in the brain and ventricles is called hydrocephalus.
This extra fluid tends to put pressure on the brain and nervous system, causing a lot of trouble and symptoms like
Large head size is seen in infants as their skull bone is not fused.
To treat hydrocephalus, immediate drainage of CSF fluid is arranged by surgically inserting a tube or shunt to drain out the excessive fluid.
This tube is monitored till the symptoms subside and the patient is kept on regular follow-up.
Medicines are given which are diuretic in nature and help in flushing out the excessive fluid.Hydrocephalus Treatment cost in Turkey is between USD 5400 to USD 6600. Patient has to stay in the hospital for 7 days and outside the hospital for 10 days. The total cost of the treatment depends on the diagnosis and facilities opted by the patient.
The cost of Hydrocephalus Treatment includes:
Preoperative diagnostic tests cost (X-ray or MRI may be done)
Type of surgery (surgical shunt implantation or endoscopic third ventriculostomy)
Post-Operative cost (depends on the number of follow-up sessions)
Medicine cost (antibiotics, painkillers, etc.)
Patient's hospital stay (may need to stay for 2-4 days)
The overall cost of the procedure also varies based on the patient's condition and preferences. Some of these factors are:
Type of hospital and room opted (General, Twin sharing or single room)
The severity of the disease
Post-surgical complication, if it happens (such as Walking problems, mild dementia, and bladder control issues usually show some improvement within days after surgery)
Cost of Blood products (if required)
Age of the patient
An extended stay at the Hospital
Cost of Accommodation during follow-ups, in case the patient is not a local resident
Listing approximate price of Hydrocephalus Treatment and some related procedures. The prices may change depending upon the centers and condition of the patient.
|Treatment name||Cost range|
|Hydrocephalus Treatment||USD 5400 to USD 6600|
|VP Shunting||USD 4050 to USD 4950|
|Ventriculostomy||USD 22820 to USD 27891|
MRI scans and CT scans are required to confirm a diagnosis of hydrocephalus present from birth, and that develops later in children and adults.
All the medicines are included in the package during the time frame when the patient is in the hospital. The medicines that are consumed outside the hospital when the patient is discharged are not covered in the package.
Two surgical treatments are used to treat hydrocephalus: surgical shunt implantation and endoscopic third ventriculostomy. After the shunt implant, you will be observed for 24 hours and need to stay in the hospital for 2-4 days. You also need to stay in the hospital for 2-3 days after the endoscopic third ventriculostomy. The first follow-up after these surgeries is scheduled after 3 months, and a CT scan or MRI should be done at that time. If you have hydrocephalus, you need a shunt system for regular monitoring for the rest of your life.
A typical child who receives a shunt requires 2-5 operations throughout their life to maintain it. Some children require a single operation while others have numerous shunt revisions, sometimes several in one year. Children might need an occupational therapist specializing in therapy to develop everyday skills. It is a lifelong condition that requires long-term care and lifelong follow-up. While recovering from hydrocephalus surgery, it is recommended to avoid any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for 4-6 weeks.
Luckily, individuals diagnosed with hydrocephalus are qualified for a traditional term or whole life insurance policy.
There is no alternative treatment, and the standard treatment is the surgical implantation of a shunt. It redirects cerebrospinal fluid to another part of the body.
For patients planning to travel abroad it is useful to know the price in destinations popular with medical travellers. The price for Hydrocephalus in different countries is approximately:
The doctor for treating such conditions are Neurosurgeons, Head and Neck surgeons, and Pediatric Surgeons.
Listing popular specialists:
Consultant, 20 years of experience
Skull base Neurosurgery,, Vascular Neurosurgery (Open & Endovascular),, Craniovertebral junction surgery, Neuro-Oncology (Awake Surgery, Brain Mapping and Intraoperative monitoring)
The success rate is highly variable, and it depends upon a lot of factors, like
In general, the survival percentage is 24-75%.
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