Epilepsy Surgery and Recovery
Phase III – Surgery
If the patient is thought to have potential benefit from the surgery based on previous tests, the next step is the actual epilepsy surgery. Our team approves epilepsy surgery only after a long and thorough evaluation process. We are careful since we want to offer patients the best possible chance for controlling the seizures, and be confident that we can perform the operation safely. The chance for a good result depends on many factors, and the evaluation process allows us to tell our patients how likely it is that they will have a good outcome.
Phase IV – Recovery
Surgery is not the end of the process. The patient’s recovery period is also an important time. We keep all of our patients on anti-epileptic medications for at least one to two years. We can never be sure that we have removed all of the brain tissue that can cause seizures; however, the medications usually control the seizures. The medications also help protect the brain as it heals. The medications also help protect the brain as it heals.
Many people never have another seizure after their operation. Some people have a few seizures immediately after the operation and then gain full control. Others will have fewer or less severe seizures, and a few people will see no improvement. There are no guarantees for this operation, but we strive to give our patients the best chance possible. Whatever the outcome, we will continue to provide comprehensive care for our patients.