Surgical Options for Epilepsy (cont.)
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How Effective Is Epilepsy Surgery?
The effectiveness varies, depending on the type of surgery. Some people are completely free of seizures after surgery. For others, the frequency of seizures is significantly reduced. In some cases, surgery may not be successful and a second surgery (re-operation) may be recommended. Most patients will need to continue taking anti-seizure medication for a year or more after surgery. Once seizure control is established, medications may be reduced or eliminated.
What Are the Risks of Epilepsy Surgery?
The risks of epilepsy surgery include:
In some cases, isolated seizures may occur immediately following surgery. This does not necessarily mean the operation was not successful. Occasionally, a second operation, or re-operation, is needed to remove brain tissue that is later found to be a source of seizure activity.
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Last Editorial Review: 10/29/2009
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