Surgery can be very effective
for some people with epilepsy. But surgery is not an option for everyone. If you or
your child has a type of epilepsy that might improve with surgical treatment,
you may want to think about some of these issues:
Surgery is not a last resort. It may be
considered after unsuccessfully trying two medicines.
surgery for some forms of childhood epilepsy may end seizures and prevent or
reverse developmental delays. Children make good surgical candidates. They tend to recover quickly with fewer problems
People who have temporal lobe epilepsy and whose seizures do
not get better with medicines may be good candidates for
Surgery is not always a cure for epilepsy. Some people
never have seizures again after surgery. But for many others, surgery only
reduces seizure frequency or severity.
You need to be healthy to
have the surgery and to benefit from it. People with severe illnesses,
psychiatric disorders, or neurological problems other than epilepsy may need
evaluations from more specialists to see if they are good candidates for
Epilepsy surgery involves removing part of your
brain. It can affect your brain function, although the effects may be less
bothersome than those caused by the epilepsy itself. Problems after surgery can
be mild to severe—such as less energy, visual defects, language and memory
problems, and weakness or partial paralysis on one side of the body—and may be
temporary or permanent.
Brain surgery is an expensive way to treat
epilepsy and carries with it many risks. Even if medicine does not prevent your
seizures, surgery may not be recommended if you only have seizures once in a
while or do not have severe seizures.