epilepsy surgery

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When seizures are not controlled with medication, people living with epilepsy should work with their health care team to consider other treatment options, like epilepsy surgery.

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Join us this week in a journey to learn about epilepsy surgery: epilepsy.com/surgery. Find out if it’s a treatment option you should consider. Share your experiences, hopes, fears, and questions.

We’re grateful for support from the @MayoClinic and help from their epilepsy medical and surgical experts with updating the surgery section of epilepsy.com. The Epilepsy Foundation is solely responsible for editorial oversight and management of this content.


Overview of Epilepsy Surgery

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Are your seizures fully controlled? Should you consider epilepsy surgery? Where can you go for help and to find out? Epilepsy surgery is a treatment option that offers some people a real solution to stopping their seizures. Ask your doctor or nurse, or have an evaluation at an epilepsy center, to find out whether epilepsy surgery is an option for you. Learn more here: epilepsy.com/overview-epilepsy-surgery.

Have you had epilepsy surgery? Share your experience in the comments here or in the Surgery and Devices Forum at epilepsy.com/connect/forums/surgery-and-devices.

The Epilepsy Center

Epilepsy Center

Do you know where to go if your seizures are not controlled? An epilepsy center! These centers provide comprehensive care by different kinds of epilepsy and seizure specialists. Learn about what happens and who the specialists are at an epilepsy center: epilepsy.com/surgery-epilepsy-center.

Who can surgery help?

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Do you still have seizures after trying medications, diet, or devices? Uncontrolled seizures can increase risk for harm, physical injury, accidental death, and sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Start learning here if surgery could help you: epilepsy.com/who-can-surgery-help. Then talk with your doctor about your treatment options.

Goals and Expectations

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Goals and expectations for epilepsy surgery vary for each person. Goals might include stopping all seizures, reducing disabling seizures, stopping or reducing medicines, and increasing independence. Work to set realistic expectations with your family and your epilepsy team. Find questions and information to help with these discussions and decisions here: epilepsy.com/goals-and-expectations.

Risks and Benefits

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The risks for epilepsy surgery are different for each person. They depend on what type of surgery a person is having and the region of the brain involved. It’s also important to consider the risk of continuing to have seizures. The greatest benefit of epilepsy surgery is reducing or stopping all seizures. Plan for success by learning about the risks and benefits, working with your epilepsy team and a counselor, and talking to other people who have had epilepsy surgery. Get started here: epilepsy.com/surgery-risks-benefits.

Tests Before Surgery

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To find out if your seizures could be stopped or better controlled with surgery, your epilepsy team will guide you through several tests. Some tests are common for everyone. Others are needed depending on the type of seizures you have, the area of the brain where seizures begin, and the type of surgery being considered. While testing may take weeks to months, it is important to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits. Learn about the different types of testing before surgery here: epilepsy.com/tests-surgery.

Types of Epilepsy Surgery


Advances in science and technology have resulted in more types of surgery to control seizures. Learn about the different types of surgery to help control seizures that don’t respond to medicine, diet, or other therapies: epilepsy.com/types-epilepsy-surgery. Then talk with your epilepsy team or have an evaluation at an epilepsy center to see if any of these options are right for you.

Have you had epilepsy surgery? What type did you have? Did the results meet your expectations? Share your experience in the comments here or in the Surgery and Devices Forum at epilepsy.com/connect/forums/surgery-and-devices.

Preparing for Surgery

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Preparing for surgery occurs over many months. Your epilepsy team will guide you and help you feel empowered and optimistic about your surgery. Find questions to ask and the practical steps to take to help make your epilepsy surgery a success: epilepsy.com/preparing-surgery.


Recovery and Life After Surgery

recovery after surgery

Epilepsy surgery can be a life changing journey for both the person with epilepsy and their family and friends. Though the hospital stay may be only a few days, it takes time for the brain to heal and time to adjust to the emotional and social changes that lay ahead. Learn how to prepare for recovery and life after surgery: epilepsy.com/recovery-and-life-after-surgery.


Join us in thanking @MayoClinic and their epilepsy medical and surgical experts for their help with updating the surgery section of epilepsy.com. We would also like to thank the Epilepsy Foundation Editorial Board members and staff for their dedication, sole editorial oversight, and management of this content.

Epilepsy Surgery: Fast Facts

Thank you for joining us this week as we went on a journey together to learn about epilepsy surgery. We talked about who it can help, goals and expectations, risks and benefits, types of surgery, testing done before, and the recovery after. You shared your experiences, hopes, fears, encouragement, and more with each other. We’re wrapping up the week with some fast facts, highlights, and steps you can discuss with your epilepsy team: epilepsy.com/surgery-fast-facts.

Remember, you’re not alone! We are your partner in your journey living with epilepsy. Call us at 800-332-1000 (en Español 1-866-748-8008) for help finding an epilepsy center or support near you.

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