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Author Topic: How long does an lp shunt last on average?  (Read 4609 times)
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« on: March 31, 2010, 10:01:04 PM »

I'm just wondering how long everyones shunt has lasted. Apparently I'm very lucky because I've had my shunt over a year now and I've had no complications. Even though it took me about 2-3 months to fully recover, physically and emotionally, I'm still curious how long everybody elses has lasted so far. My mam told me today that the average is 3 years, which is quite daunting  Smiley: noooo!... But how things have been with me so far, hopefully it'l last alot longer than that  laughing

I'm just looking for some advice, or reassurance should I say, that will make me feel like I'm not going to have to have another operation next year  rolling on the floor laughing


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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2010, 11:59:38 PM »

I would like to know the answer to this also. I had LP Shunt surgery March 15, 2010 and do not want to ever have to go thru this again. It was sooo painful. I am glad to hear yours has lasted a year without complications. That really helps me to know.  happyspin

Diagnosed in Sept. 2009, Suffered from June 2008 and seen numerous Specialists and was told all kinds of things. My new Neurosurgeon is Dr. Ali Krisht in Little Rock, Ar great doctor. He is going to put in a LP Shunt in March 2009. Had LP Shunt surgery March 15, 2010. The shunt has saved my quality of life. It is so painful to live with IIH, but the shunt makes it so easy to live!
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2010, 07:55:33 PM »

Hi both

My first LP shunt got blocked in 3 weeks, my second lasted 17 years before I had any problems - a weird mix but I guess the reality that these things can work fine for years but can also not. I think the main thing is to get on with your life and put IIH behind you but keep it in a small part of your mind so you are aware.

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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2010, 11:41:47 PM »


My mums first LP shunt lasted 7 years with no problems. When she started showing symptoms her consultant was very shocked as he said 7 years is a very short time for the shunt to be malfunctioning in and he was very wary of removing it but in the end had to after a 48 hour ICP monitoring showed her pressure was almost continually sky high! She had 4 surgeries in the space of 4 months after that to try and correct the new shunt which then lasted just under a year... she has started showing symptoms again and they are reconsidering surgery once more! So a bit of a mixed bag really.
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2010, 01:26:22 AM »

Hello ladies,

My last LP shunt lasted me 20 years. I had a few problems with the first couple of shunts but that was over 20 years ago when things weren't as good as there are today.

I just had a new one put in in march this year and I have to say the size of the scars are so much smaller than the older ones. far less pain, and I got over the op far qucker too, I was back home the day after the op.

I hope you both get on fine with your shunts and have no problems.
hope you're all as well as you can be. hugs all round  Smiley: hugs
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