Lumboperitoneal Shunt

A lumboperitoneal shunt is a device that diverts cerebrospinal fluid from the subarachnoid space to the abdominal cavity. This is done in patients who have problems reabsorbing cerebrospinal fluid and suffer from so-called benign raised intracranial pressure.

A general anaesthetic is given to the patient and the surgical sites are shaved and sterilised using antibacterial soap. A small incision is made at the base of the spine and a catheter is inserted up into the subarachnoid space in the lower spine. Another incision is made in the abdomen and a catheter is inserted into the abdominal cavity. The catheters are taken either along the hip bone or the rib cage and joined with a valve so that fluid can be moved into the abdomen. Some valves can be programmed to optimise flow of the CSF.


Dr MJD Jacobsohn qualified in 2007 at the University of Cape Town. He then completed an AO spinal fellowship at the Spinal Unit of Groote Schuur Hospital. He started full time private practice at Mediclinic Vergelegen in 2009 when he joined the established practice of Dr LS Wessels as his associate. A comprehensive range of cranial and spinal neurosurgical pathology are managed by Dr Jacobsohn.


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