Vp Shunt Cost In Egypt

Cost of Vp Shunt in Egypt: Detailed Overview



VP shunt or ventriculoperitoneal shunt is a process for taking out excessive cerebrospinal fluid got deposited in the ventricales of the brain and spinal cord. risk factors for such conditions are production of excessive CSF fluid, low absorption of CSF or due to some blockage. this cause abnormally big head size, headache, seizures, irritability, incontinence, loss of memory and poor cordination.
in this procedure a VP shunt, a medical device is placed to release the pressure building upon the brain because of the fluid accumulation. the primary condition is hydrocephalous for which we need VP shunting. it is done under general anesthesia and the device is placed behind the ear. the fluid drips out and is collected, this continues till the condition is normal.

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The cost of VP Shunt includes:

  • Preoperative diagnostic tests cost (MRI, CT scan, etc.) 

  • Surgery cost

  • Post-Operative cost (depends on the number of follow-up sessions)

  • Medicine cost 

  • Patient's hospital stay (may need to stay for 4-5 days)

Factors affecting cost of Vp Shunt

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 mechanical malfunction, placement failure, infection, CSF leak)

  • Cost of Blood products (if required)

  • An extended stay at the Hospital

  • Cost of Accommodation during follow-ups, in case the patient is not a local resident

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the success rate of VP shunting largely depends upon the age of the patient and the etiologica factor which has caused the situation to arise. in general the success rate is around 50% as there are chances of shunt tube getting infected or obstructed.
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Everything You Need to Know About Vp Shunt: Q&A

Before the Procedure (4 Questions):

You won't be able to see the catheter because it will be under your skin. However, you may be able to feel the shunt catheter along your neck. Once all the parts of the shunt are connected, it will start draining the excess CSF as needed to reduce the pressure in your brain.

It can last from a few days or weeks to many years. In adults we have seen them last for as long as 35 years. Over time the plastic tube can corrode and disintegrate, requiring a new shunt to be inserted.

There are different indications for programmed vs unprogrammed shunt, Programmed is usually done in elderly individuals and congenital hydrocephalus while unprogrammed is chosen for tumors, hydrocephalus and meningitis.

WHO regulation says it may require a change every 5 years so there are less chances of blockage.

During the Procedure (3 Questions):

Usually for 5 days.

The entire procedure takes about 90 minutes.

Usually for 5 days.

Post the Procedure (8 Questions):

There are different indications for programmed vs unprogrammed shunt, Programmed is usually done in elderly individuals and congenital hydrocephalus while unprogrammed is chosen for tumors, hydrocephalus and meningitis.

It can last from a few days or weeks to many years. In adults we have seen them last for as long as 35 years. Over time the plastic tube can corrode and disintegrate, requiring a new shunt to be inserted.

You won't be able to see the catheter because it will be under your skin. However, you may be able to feel the shunt catheter along your neck.

Once all the parts of the shunt are connected, it will start draining the excess CSF as needed to reduce the pressure in your brain.

Depending on the circumstances, a VP shunt can be temporary or permanent. If the cause of your hydrocephalus is idiopathic (unexplained), congenital (present from birth), or the result of a defect in the anatomy of the brain or spine, there is a strong chance that you will need to have your VP shunt for the long term.

No followup visit is required once patient has been reviewed for about 3 weeks

Most of the hydrocephalic patients will be required to keep their CSF shunt all life long. One of the advantages of this therapy is that it allows you to have a normal daily life. The shunt will restore the CSF circulation to regulate its flow.

WHO regulation says it may require a change every 5 years so there are fewer chances of blockage.

Most of hydrocephalic patients will be required to keep their CSF shunt all life long. One of the advantages of this therapy is that it allows you to have a normal daily life. The shunt will restore the CSF circulation to regulate its flow.

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