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What specialists are involved in epilepsy surgery?

The team involved in epilepsy surgery includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, neuropsychiatrists, epilepsy nurses, neuro-clinical social workers, and electroencephalogram (EEG) laboratory technicians, all defined below.
  • Neurologist: a physician who specializes in the nervous system, specifically, epilepsy and the brain. After examination and treatment, he/she may recommend brain surgery for difficult-to-control seizures if there is a strong indication that the electrical discharge is coming from a focal area such as the left or right temporal lobe.
  • Neurosurgeon: a surgeon specializing in the brain who has expertise in epilepsy surgery. He/she works closely with the neurologist.
  • Neuropsychologist: a psychologist specializing in brain and behavior, focusing on the impact of memory, insight, and cognition through interview and neuropsychological testing.
  • Neuropsychiatrist: a psychiatrist specializing in neurological issues and the psychiatric impact of epilepsy.
  • Clinical nurse specialist: a nurse specializing in psychosocial manifestations, pre- and post-surgical care, medication treatment of epilepsy, and patient education.
  • Neuro-clinical social worker: a social worker specializing in the psychosocial issues of epilepsy, pre- and post-surgical care, resources, community programs, and patient education.
  • EEG laboratory technicians: technicians specializing in brain wave monitoring used for procedures, and required to capture seizures for further diagnosis.

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