Syrinx to Subarachnoid Shunt
About this Surgery
Used to treat: Syringomyelia
A syrinx to subarachnoid shunt is used to restore the natural flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This type of shunt is used to treat syringomyelia. The goal of the surgery is to remove the pressure the syrinx places on your spinal cord. The shunt is a flexible tube with a valve that keeps fluid from the syrinx flowing in the desired direction. The tube is placed with one end in the syrinx and the other just outside the spinal cord. The shunt is placed internally. In some cases, the syrinx may remain even after surgery. Even after a shunt is placed, some signs and symptoms of syringomyelia may remain, as a syrinx can cause permanent spinal cord and nerve damage.
Please keep in mind that all treatments and outcomes are specific to the individual patient. Results may vary. Complications, such as infection, blood loss, and bowel or bladder problems are some of the potential adverse risks of surgery. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, warnings, precautions, adverse events, clinical results and other important medical information.