managing hydrocephalus

Whether you are just learning about hydrocephalus, exploring treatment options or recovering from surgery, we‘re here to help you move forward.

moving me forward™

Your movement may be limited, but your options don't have to be. See how other patients conquered their pain and get started on your own journey to recovery.

Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski
Inspirational college coach and DePuy joint recipient.

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"It's not worth living with pain."
"It's not worth living with pain."

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"Hi, I'm Mike Krzyzewski, coach of Duke University's Men's Basketball team. If you could take a journey to move better, live better, why wouldn't you? I did when I had joint replacement surgery.

"I'm here to tell you that you have two opponents. Pain and lack of mobility. Pain can get you down every day. Lack of mobility can lead to decreased speed and loss of endurance. With speed and endurance loss, you don't stay competitive and you spend energy just trying to catch up. But you've got to fight your opponents to stay in the game.

"I know it isn't always easy. There was a part of me that thought of stopping, giving up coaching altogether. I would never have won two Olympic team medals and four NCAA Championships if I hadn't had my surgeries.

"Now, I don't have to overcompensate for injury and pain. I'm more active than before, I have relief from pain and I'm even quicker on my feet. People say I look better now. Do you want your life back the way it should be? You have two choices, a continued downward spiral or take action.

"So don't let the injury win. You don't need to live in pain. That's why I want to encourage you to empower yourself. Get educated, develop a personal treatment plan with your doctor, build a team of support and commit to reclaiming your life. Remember, this is a major event in your life—treat it as such. What you put into it will multiply for you at the end of the journey."


When the delicate balance of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) production and absorption is disrupted, it builds up the brain, resulting in nerve damage.

The symptoms of hydrocephalus vary with age. An infant may have an abnormally large or misshapen head, while a child may be irritable or tired, or may go through a change in personality. An adult may experience symptoms similar to Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease, making proper diagnosis essential.

assessing symptoms

Symptoms may include an abnormally large head in infants, delayed development in toddlers, personality change in children or difficulty walking in older adults.

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going to the doctor

It’s good to know the different types of specialists available to treat hydrocephalus—typically neurologists and neurosurgeons—and what to expect from them.

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types of hydrocephalus

There are several different kinds of hydrocephalus including congenital hydrocephalus, acquired hydrocephalus, communicating hydrocephalus, non-communicating hydrocephalus and normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH).

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