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My Dad just turned 80 two weeks ago. About the time you wrote this question, he was undergoing a brain shunt procedure (March 2010). His symptoms were severe enough that we felt he would not survive without the surgery. He was going downhill fast. He was no longer able to walk on his own and my mother, 78, was having to help him out of chairs, off the toilet, etc. Sometimes she would be lifting him by his belt to help him walk.

The surgery went swimmingly and he is now able to walk on his own without a cane or walker. The surgery has not helped his confusion or memory very much although he can now play cards (pinochle) again. We have since found that he has early stage alzheimers so the memory probably won't improve.

The shunt they put in is a constant drain not an adjustable drain.

He withstood the surgery very well. Hope this helps.

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