I was wondering if anyone has experience with high altitudes (above 10,000 ft) after having a VP shunt placed?
I had my first surgery in August this year to place a right VP shunt. Then in late September, I had to have a shunt revision as the catheter was clogged. This last surgery seems to be working, although I'm still experiencing headaches. Looking at new scans, the doctors are saying that I have SVS and/or the right ventricle is collapsed as you can't even see it anymore on imaging. Along with that news, my neuro-surgeon said if another shunt revision was needed, the surgery would have "significant risks". I see my ophthalmologist this upcoming week to see if the swelling is stable. If it's not, I would need another shunt revision as the shunt is already at the highest setting and my body can't tolerate any medications.
Basically after all the above news, I really want to take a trip. One of my dream trips is to go to the Himalayas and hike.
Am I being naive in thinking I can still do this with my condition?
Thank you for any help!