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Once you are able to get up and move around safely, eat ok and can take oral medications, it is time to go home. The biggest complaint after surgery is feeling tired. When you first wake up you may feel as if you can catch up on all those things you had put aside. A few hours later you are ready for a nap. This is normal. To help get your endurance back, go for short walks, initially 5 to 10 minutes, 3 to 4 times/day. Slowly increase these walks to 30 minutes once/day over a 2 - 4 week period, depending upon how you feel. You should keep your surgical incisions dry. Getting them wet may increase the risk of infection. If your surgeon will allow you to shower, cover the incisions with a water tight dressing such as Tegaderm. Remove the Tegaderm after the shower. Some surgeons do not allow this so be sure to ask about wound care before you leave the hospital. Some surgeons prefer to keep the incisions covered with daily dressing changes, others prefer to leave it open to air after the first 48 hours. Wound care, medications, diet, activities and follow-up should all be discussed with your health care professional before you leave the hospital.

If you had developed significant neurologic problems from your hydrocephalus or had Shunt Surgery Complications, you may need to go to a skilled nursing facility or rehabilitation hospital before going home. Sometimes outpatient physical therapy may be needed. These questions should be discussed before leaving the hospital.