What is the goal of epilepsy surgery?

What is the goal of epilepsy surgery?

Aria Fallah, MD
Neurosurgery
The goal of epilepsy surgery is to identify an abnormal area of the brain from which the seizures originate and remove it safely without causing unacceptable neurological side effects.
The goal of epilepsy surgery is to identify an abnormal area of brain tissue from which the seizures originate and remove it without causing any significant impairment. The brain is divided into two sides, called "hemispheres." Each side of the brain is then divided into lobes. The major lobes are the temporal lobes (sides of the brain), frontal lobes (front of the brain), parietal lobes (middle of the brain), and occipital lobes (back of the brain). An operation to remove all or part of these lobes is called a lobectomy. A lobectomy may be performed when a person has seizures that start in the same lobe every time.

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In terms of epilepsy treatment, the most common therapy is antiseizure medications. If a patient doesn't respond to medication, it may be a sign of an underlying, treatable cause of the epilepsy, such as a brain tumor. These patie...

nts may be referred to a specialized epilepsy center for treatment with a surgical procedure. For children with epilepsy, doctors may suggest a high fat, low carbohydrate ketogenic diet. This diet can help prevent seizures in children who don't respond to antiepileptic medications and may reduce or end the need for medication. It's not clear why this diet is more effective in children than adults in the treatment of epilepsy.
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