The provider implants a shunt, which is a small tube the provider places in the lumbar region near the base of the spine to drain cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF, from the cavity surrounding the spinal cord, known as the subarachnoid space. The procedure reduces pressure and diverts an overabundance of CSF to the abdominal, or peritoneal, cavity. The procedure may also divert CSF to the pleural, or thoracic, cavity or to another area. The procedure does not require a laminectomy.
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