Ventricular-Peritoneal Shunt Animation

How does the shunt tubing get from the head to the belly?

AP image of person with a VP Shunt

One of the most common questions patients and families ask is how did we get the shunt tubing from the head down to the abdomen? The surgical animation below answers this question. (Although not specifically illustrated, the surgeon usually places the ventricular catheter and valve first to relieve the pressure in the head from the hydrocephalus.)

Surgical Simulation

Ventricular-Peritoneal Shunt Animation Dialogue

  1. An incision is made in the head and along the collar bone.
  2. A shunt tunneling instrument is used to pass the shunt tubing under the skin from the head down to the chest.
  3. This process is repeated tunneling the shunt tubing from the chest to the belly (peritoneal cavity). The end of the shunt is then placed into the belly (peritoneal) cavity.
  4. The previously placed ventricular catheter and shunt valve is attach.
  5. The VP Shunt will now drain from the ventricles into the peritoneal cavity.