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I'm a 28 years old male. I had a brain MRI done last week because I have been having symptoms like dizziness, brain fog, forgetfulness, decreased cognitive skills and constant pressure behind both eyes. The result came out with "mild ventriculomegaly", which means my ventricles are larger than normal due to excess fluid in the brain forcing them to expand. This condition is called Hydrocephalus, which is fatal if left untreated. I was told that the most efffective way to remedy this is to have a "shunt" implanted in my brain to act like a valve to relieve the fluid pressure by allowing the fluid to flow somewhere else.

Anybody who has done this, or knows someone who has done this, or has knowledge about this procedure, please let me know anything that will help me prepare for what's about to happen to me in a few weeks. I would like to know the following:

1. How effective has shunt been to you at "giving your life back"? How has your life been?
2. Are there things you wished you had known before the implant?
3. Were there any complications after the surgery?
4. How much did the operation cost?
5. Do you have to regularly see your doctor to have the system checked/maintained?
6. Anything else I should know? Anything at all.


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