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The essence of a surgery

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 07:51
Hello all, I am Ronnie, from India. Have been seizure free since last 10 years but with medications twice a day. I read success stories of people who had surgery and got well. Is surgery very necessary?


No surgery is not necessary

Submitted by birdman on Fri, 2019-08-16 - 20:39
No surgery is not necessary for about 70% of people with epilepsy.  But for some 30% of us medications do not work.  Doctors call our seizures "refractory".  If medications are working for you doctors will not do surgery.  At least here in America doctors will first test a patient out to be sure medications do not work before they consider doing surgery.  

Hi Livestrong_5aa285b245f85,

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2019-08-19 - 07:52
Hi Livestrong_5aa285b245f85,  Thanks so much for posting and congratulations on being seizure free for over 10 years,that’s wonderful news!  There are several different types of surgery that are available to treat people still having seizures after trying medications, diet, or other therapies and if their seizures are uncontrolled. Your epilepsy team will discuss what options are possible for you and will help guide you through the proper evaluation and testing, prior to making a decision about surgery. To learn more about epilepsy surgery and questions to review with your healthcare team, please visit:  Additionally you can always contact our Epilepsy and Seizures 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-332-1000, where a trained information specialist can connect you to resources,  provide referrals and additional  

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