I would love to hear from other people what made them decide to have the operation ( if they had a choice) and how their VP shunt is treating them. I have only ever met 1 person who has one and she has told me all sorts of horror stories!
Also, do they shave off your hair before inserting the drain?
I had a vp shunt in October 2007, I have had an overally good experience. I went back to school after a couple of weeks but couldn't manage and have only started back all week, 2 weeks ago. But as soon as the vp shunt was out in my eyesight got better and the swelling of my optic discs settles, but not completely. I only had a little hair shaved and it was easy to cover up. I have had no problems, with blockage or infection so fingers crossed!! It took a good year for the headaches to settle, but I would say that for me it was worth it.