When medication is not effective in controlling epileptic seizures, a neurosurgeon may recommend surgery as a course of treatment.
• Epilepsy surgery is most effective when the seizures stem from the same place in the brain each time.
• Epilepsy surgery targets the problematic part of the brain. During surgery, that part of the brain is either removed or surgically altered so that seizures can no longer spread to other areas of the brain.
• Epilepsy surgery is a complex procedure performed by a highly-skilled neurosurgeon. It can help limit or even eliminate seizure activity.
• The possible risks associated with epilepsy surgery can include memory loss, trouble speaking and understanding, loss of motor skills, vision troubles, partial paralysis and more. That is why surgery is only considered after it’s been proven that medication can’t effectively control a person’s epileptic seizures, which pose an even greater health risk.
• Post surgery recovery typically takes between one and several months. Many people are required to continue taking anti-seizure medication after surgery, at least for a specified period of time. And while surgery helps many patients, there are some people who do not see a drastic improvement in their condition after epilepsy surgery.
For more information about epilepsy treatment including surgical options, and to find out what’s right for you, talk with your doctor or neurosurgeon. To learn about the Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth Neuroscience Center, visit us online or call us at 1-855-80PLAZA if you would like a physician referral.