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Epilepsy Surgery:

By Jerry Knight

During epilepsy surgery an area of the brain that is involved in seizures is stimulated, resected or disconnected. The goal of the neurosurgical procedure is to eliminate seizures, but is also measured as a success if seizure burden is significantly reduced.

More About Epilepsy:

Epilepsy is defined by the presence of frequent seizures. It’s a common and chronic neurological disorder. Some people refer to the seizure as a fit. But when the seizure is technically defined it is referred to as excessive, abnormal synchonous neuronal activity in the individual’s brain.

What a seizure “looks like” can vary depending on the case. Some seizures appear as an out of control wild fit. Other seizures appear as a brief loss of awareness. Other seizures appear as a general alteration of the individual’s mental state. Other seizures appear as a presentation of psychic symptoms like deja vu. And there are many more “looks” that can present in the form of seizure. Frequent, uncontrollable seizures are diagnosed as epilepsy. But epileptics are not the only individuals who can experience seizures.

Individuals who experience single episodes of seizures are often effectively managed by a primary physician or emergency medical professional. But consistent ongoing management of epilepsy are often handled by a specialist; usually a neurologist. In severe epileptic cases patients are referred to epileptologists (neurologists with a specialty in epilepsy).

Learning About Epilepsy Surgery:

Epilepsy is not rare. Approx. .4% of the population in any particular industrialized countries has epilepsy. About 60% of epileptics suffer from focal epilepsy syndromes. Anticonvulsive drugs can be prescribed to control seizures, but in 15 to 20% of epileptic patients the condition can’t be appropriately controlled by pharmaceuticals. Individuals who are not able to control their seizures through the use of prescribed pharmaceuticals can potentially benefit from epilepsy surgery. Considering appropriate treatments is vital due to the fact that failure to control seizures leaves patients suffering risks of injury and in some cases the risk of sudden death.

Recovery from Epilepsy Surgery:

Pharmaceuticals are the first option for controlling epilepsy. But when this is not possible epilepsy surgery is an appropriate option. Recovery time from epilepsy surgery varies depending upon the general health of the patient and the specific aspects of the surgery.

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