Epilepsy surgery has been available for a number of years but unfortunately under utilized, this is despite its proven success in reducing or eliminating seizures in many epilepsy sufferers.
Epilepsy surgery has the most success in treating those with seizure activity originating from the temporal lobe.This is also the most common type of epilepsy diagnosed.
Establishing whether the type of epilepsy suffered can be treated surgically requires many interventions and can be a lengthy process.
The most important factors in determining whether surgery is a possible treatment are;
- identifying the area(s) of the brain responsible for seizures and
- when identified verifying if this area can be surgically treated without affecting functions of the brain.
Confirming the suitability of surgery sometimes requires more than routine diagnostic procedures. More complex procedures such as a Wada test and Intracranial EEG monitoring may be necessary.
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