What is Epilepsy?
A seizure is a brief, strong surge of abnormal electrical activity that affects part or all of the brain, leading to a range of transient signs from convulsions and loss of consciousness to more subtle symptoms such as blank staring, lip smacking, or jerking movements of arms and legs. It can occur due to provoking factors, such as fever, infection, alcohol, drugs, certain medications, or other medical conditions.
Epilepsy is two or more recurrent unprovoked seizures (chronic) from an underlying neurological condition. In most cases, epilepsy can be controlled with medication, but not cured. Surgery may be considered in difficult cases.
Our neurosurgery team will determine if your typical spells are truly epileptic seizures and if they are the right types of seizures for surgery. If one of our neurosurgeons believes you should be evaluated for possible surgery to help control your seizures, you will be asked to come to the hospital for a series of tests.