New Gravitational Shunt Valve Hits Market

Aesculap introduces a new gravitational shunt valve that allows for different pressure settings for the lying and the upright positions. The Miethke proSA valve is implanted in combination with fixed or adjustable valves.

Click here to read the Aesculap Miethke proSA press release.

Click here to read the news article.



4 Responses to “New Gravitational Shunt Valve Hits Market”
  1. Nancy says:

    I find this very interesting. My daughter can”t sleep longer than 6 hrs. Doing so results in headache. It will eventually go away throughout the day but leaves her feeling like she has a hangover. But since it does go away, we are hesitant to head for a revision. Any information will be helpful.

  2. Zach Smith says:

    I have received the new proSA and proGA shunt at Rhode Island Hospital by Dr Petra Klinge. After being treated at both the Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s throughout my life I found Dr. Klinge after running out of options, or seeming to have run out. After multiple revisions in 2008 and 2009 things seemed to be getting worse. With problems with gait and vision. Finally an infection in my abdomen in 2011 the Dr’s at the Brigham put the shunt into my pleura (next to my lung). My problems with over drainage became significantly worse whenever I exerted excess energy, headaches and vomiting were sure to follow. After speaking again with Dr Klinge and the reps from Aesculap I decided to move forward with a revision to replace my previous shunt with the ProSA ProGA shunt. Like anything else it took a little bit to work out the kinks but my life has seen significant improvement and manageability since moving to the Aesculap shunts. I am 34 and have had hydrocephalus since birth, what’s more is I have had 18 revisions, the procedure called the bolt and everything in between this is the best I have been doing in some time. I am still not back to work yet, though the surgery was in October but I am still trying to work out significant balance and vision issues that have been ongoing. All in all I give the shunt 2 thumbs up, especially for pleura shunt patients.

    Zach Smith

  3. Hilary says:

    I had a shunt that was running too fast, and my neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins implanted this valve last August. I was getting frequent severe headaches which were relieved only if I lay down for half an hour, then would return after a few hours.

    The beauty of this device is it was implanted subcutaneously near my collar bone with the old shunt in place. I have not gotten a severe headache since getting this device. And the surgery was done with only a local anesthetic and sedation and no need to go into the brain. So it is a lot less traumatic than a full revision.

  4. j.c. smits says:

    My adult daughter had the ProSA valve inserted in stead of her oldGAV valve which was overdraining.
    Since her surgery, now a few days ago, she has not felt much better. She experiences the same type of compalints: headache, dizziness, lost appetite for food. Zach writes, it took a little bit to work out the kninks. Can you tell us what exactly you mean by that? Was the valve adjusted and if so did you use telemetry to find out how?
    thank a lot
    J. Smits

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