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Epilepsy and Temporal Lobe Resection

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What Happens After Temporal Lobe Resection?

The patient generally stays in the hospital for two to four days. Most people who undergo temporal lobe resection surgery will be able to return to their normal activities, including work or school, in six to eight weeks after surgery. The hair over the incision will grow back and hide the surgical scar. Most patients will need to continue taking antiseizure medications for two or more years after surgery. Once seizure control is established, medications may be reduced or eliminated in some patients.

How Effective Is a Temporal Lobe Resection?

Temporal lobe resection is successful in eliminating (being seizure-free for one year) or significantly reducing seizures in 60% to 90% of patients.

What Are the Side Effects of Temporal Lobe Resection?

The following symptoms may occur after surgery, although they generally go away on their own:

  • Scalp numbness
  • Nausea
  • Feeling tired or depressed
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty speaking, remembering, or finding words
  • Continued auras (feelings that signal the start of a seizure)
  • Weakness, paralysis
  • Change in personality

 

 

What Are the Risks of a Temporal Lobe Resection?

The complication rate with temporal lobe resection is low, but there are some risks, including:

  • Risks associated with surgery, including infection, bleeding, and allergic reaction to anesthesia
  • Failure to relieve seizures
  • Changes in personality or mental abilities
  • Pain


 

 

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Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on July 14, 2014
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