Epilepsy Surgery

Why epilepsy surgery?

25 February 2018
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The aim of surgery is to stop or reduce your seizures.

Surgery is considered when:

  1. Seizures do not respond to anti-seizure medication.
  2. Seizures are disabling and impacting seriously on your quality of life.
  3. A surgical focus (the area of the brain to be operated on) is identified and can be safely removed.

Your doctor will refer you to Beaumont Hospital for surgical evaluation, based on the information above.

What are the outcomes of epilepsy surgery?

The decision to undergo epilepsy surgery is not taken lightly. Success rates for surgery depend on the type of surgery involved and differs with each individual.. However, up to 70% of people having temporal lobe epilepsy surgery are seizure free by two years after surgery.

What are the risks of Epilepsy Surgery?

No surgery is without risks, however the specific risks associated with your surgery will be discussed with you as each case is unique and dependent on the focus of your seizures. It may be more harmful to continue having seizures than to proceed with surgery.

In the next section, you can read about Pre-Surgery Evaluation.

 

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