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How can surgery treat epilepsy?

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Some people can’t control their epileptic seizures with medication, or have trouble with the side effects. Sometimes, brain surgery may be an option. First, your doctor must be able to pinpoint the areas in the brain where your seizures start. And those areas must be involved in critical tasks like language, sensation, or movement.

Surgery has 3 main goals:

  • Remove the area of the brain that causes seizures.
  • Disrupt the nerve pathways that seizure impulses take through your brain.
  • Implant a device to treat epilepsy.

From: What Is Epilepsy Surgery? WebMD Medical Reference

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Cleveland Clinic. 

Mayfield Clinic & Spine Institute, University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute. 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 8, 2019

SOURCES: 

Cleveland Clinic. 

Mayfield Clinic & Spine Institute, University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute. 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 8, 2019

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