PROGRAMMABLE SHUNT SETTINGS
Medtronic Strata and Codman Shunts
Typically, neurosurgeons are trained with, and have a strong preference for one brand of shunt. Certainly, a question you'll want to ask your neurosurgeon on your first visit is what type of shunt will be used and why.
Most neurosurgeons will program the original setting to a mid-range. The valve setting of a programmable shunt can be adjusted by your neurosurgeon in his/her office using a special magnet. No surgery is required for a valve adjustment. Surgeons are particularly conservative with elderly patients.
This information was last updated on June 9, 2011.