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Shunting


 

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about spinal problems?

Most people will automatically think about a herniated disc or perhaps a fractured spine. Either of those issues can be a severe problem and could lead to a wide variety of uncomfortable symptoms. In fact, they make up some of the more common problems that can occur with the spine but they are not the only problems. In fact, there are times when problems with the spinal fluid could lead to additional issues that must be addressed.

Cerebrospinal fluid is a colorless, clear body fluid that is found both in the spinal cord and the brain. It helps to provide a cushion for the brain and protects it within the skull. In addition, this fluid helps to protect the spinal cord as well and the fluid is not stagnant. There are times when issues may occur with this fluid and when that happens, the intervention of a surgeon may be needed. One of the procedures that may be performed is spinal shunting and it can help in a number of different ways. It is something that can be discussed with the doctor prior to the procedure taking place.

Some of the reasons why you may need spinal shunt surgery are because of drainage. When you are experiencing a problem with under drainage, it can often correct the problem. In a similar way, it can help with over drainage as well. It helps to bring about a balance to either of these issues. Sometimes, you may have an infection and it just doesn’t seem to be responding to other types of treatment. A spinal shunt may help to drain the infection. Finally, if you have an obstruction or a blockage, a spinal shunt can help to free things up.

Choosing a Doctor

One of the key decisions that need to be made when you are experiencing these problems is which doctor you are going to use. Choosing the right doctor can make things go well and give you peace of mind; knowing that they are taking care of your needs. As a leading physician in the United States, you can trust Dr. Dickerman to care for your needs. A call to his office can get things in motion and help you to get the best care you possibly can.

The spinal shunting procedure allows body fluids to redirect or bypass from one area of the body to another. The two basic types are the lumbar-subcutaneous and the lumbar0peritoneal. Both of them use either a catheter or tubing to monitor and change the flow of fluids. It is typically inserted in the lumbar spine between 2 vertebrae into the cavity that surrounds the spinal cord. When things go well, it can make a difference in the way the fluids flow in the body and can even help with various symptoms you may have been experiencing.

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