Hiya been to see my Neuro surgeon Mr Chakraborty at Southampton university hospital and explained how on the 2 setting my shunt gave me high pressure problems and when it was put on the 1.5 setting im on now to drain more im now having low pressure problems and lots of falls due to balance issues. Hes offered to put a whole new system in that has finer settings.
Pros of doing it, could improve balance and falls, coukd reduce headaches.
Cons long recovery, risk of infection ( caught encephalitis last op) not driving for a year, could cause further brain injury, reduce cognitive and memory functioning, could make headaches worse and no guarantee it will improve balance or falls. Hes given me three months to think about it as its such a big decision, apart from the balance dizziness and falls after being stood up for a few minutes im in the best shape ive been since the brain injury. Im independent, pain is low, im driving, just passed cognitive and memory tests, life is good right now, im scared to risk it all but im more disabled as im having to do less rest more, cant stand or walk for more than a few minutes before i have to sit or lay down, and the falls are starting to cause damage, I currently have a ruptured ligament in my leg and the knee surgeon says if i keep falling im going to need knee surgery. What to do! Argghhh. I hate making big decisions. What are your thoughts please? Xx