Extratemporal Cortical Resection (cont.)
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What Happens After an Extratemporal Cortical Resection?
After surgery, the patient generally stays in the hospital for two to four days. Most people having extratemporal cortical resection will be able to return to their normal activities, including work or school, in four to six weeks after surgery. The hair over the incision will grow back and hide the surgical scar. Most patients will need to continue taking anti-seizure drugs for two or more years after surgery. Once seizure control is established, medications may be reduced or eliminated.
How Effective Is Extratemporal Cortical Resection?
Extratemporal cortical resection is successful in eliminating or dramatically reducing seizures in 45% to 65% of cases. Surgery generally is more effective if only one area of the brain is involved.
What Are the Side Effects of Extratemporal Cortical Resection?
The following symptoms may occur after an extratemporal cortical resection, although they generally go away on their own:
What Are the Risks of Extratemporal Cortical Resection?
The risks associated with extratemporal cortical resection are rare and mainly depend on which area of the brain is involved. They may include:
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