Epilepsy surgery involves a brain operation for the safe removal or disconnection of abnormal brain tissue causing epileptic seizures. Surgical approach is unique for each patient and is tailored based on careful presurgical evaluation.
In general, epilepsy surgery may be considered in people of any age, from infancy to adulthood. The best candidates for epilepsy surgery have all of the following characteristics:
A number of steps are necessary to identify the location and cause of the seizures, and to determine the best treatment.
The results of surgery vary, depending on the cause and location of the seizures. Some types of epilepsy may have a 60% to 90% chance of becoming seizure-free after surgery. In other cases, the goal of surgery is to reduce the number of seizures or to reduce injuries caused by seizures. The epilepsy surgery evaluation is necessary to carefully determine the potential benefits and risks in each case.
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