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Surgery for Seizures & Epilepsy

Many people consider surgery – especially brain surgery – as the last alternative if all other treatment methods are not effective. In reality, surgery should be among the first options considered if early trials with anticonvulsant medications are ineffective.

Epilepsy Surgery Stories: Johns Hopkins EMU

Halle and Erica came from different families and backgrounds, but each of them had seizures that benefited from surgical treatment. Hear their stories and what their experiences were like at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

If seizures occur in one area of the brain, and that area can be removed easily and without causing other problems, surgery should be considered. If epilepsy is caused by a tumor, cyst, lesion or other growth that won’t respond well to medication, your physician can help patients decide if surgery is an appropriate option. Take a look at the following four questions:

  • Is the child or adult having seizures?
  • Are these seizures often and difficult to control?
  • Are the seizures beginning in one location?
  • Can the source of the seizures be easily removed?

If you answer yes to these four questions, you should obtain more information. It is important to note that except in the rare instance of a rapidly growing brain tumor, epilepsy surgery is not usually an emergency – it should only be done after careful consideration of the risks and benefits of the surgery.

Types of surgery for epilepsy

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