Epilepsy Surgery

Surgery for epilepsy can be done for some people who have seizures that are not controlled by antiepileptic medications. The two main goals of epilepsy surgery are:

  • To greatly improve the person’s seizure control
  • To improve the quality of his or her life

Although some people do become seizure free after this surgery, not everyone does so and no surgery is without risk. To ensure that patients have the best chance for a good outcome, it is necessary to go through many vigorous and comprehensive tests.

The candidates for focal resective epilepsy surgery are people who:

  • Have seizures that are not controlled with medication;
  • Have the “right type” of seizure: partial onset epilepsy;
  • Have one seizure focus in a part of the brain where it is safe to do surgery;
  • Have a positive attitude and a supportive family;