I have 2 VP Shunts one on either side of the back of my head. Would this be prohibitive to having a hair restoration procedure? Also, does Dr. Rassman have any experience working on patients that have shunts? Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
For those that aren’t familiar with the term, a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt is a tube that takes brain fluid and connects it to the abdomen where it drains for the treatment of hydrocephalus (or water on the brain). And yes, I have done hair transplants on patients who have had VP shunts (see here).
As you indicated that you are from out-of-town, I would have requirements for you if you wanted me to do your hair transplant. First, send me detailed pictures of your hair loss and then I would want to get specific X-rays to locate the shunts. I must know the course of the shunt and how far under the skin it is. With the shunt located, the hair transplant can be done safely. You can call my office at 310-553-9113 and arrange to have a phone consultation with me.