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Has anyone ever died from brain surgery?

My son is going to have surgery October 4th for his epilepsy. It's called a resection. Has anyone you know of died from any brain surgeries? What could go wrong during the surgery?

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Hello, I used to get seizures

Hello, I used to get seizures when I was 2 years old that got cured by the time I was 10. I was placed on Phenobarb and Depakote medication and had a lot of Neurocranial Restructuring done. The combination has had me seizure-free ever since. I am 24 now and have no side effects. God helped my mom with the decisions that ended up being effective. Everybody is different, but I had 5 different types of seizures and all 5 terminated permenatly.

It is the number 1 risk as is

It is the number 1 risk as is in any surgery.  I was lucky enough to speak with someone who had surgery 3 years ago and she has been seizure free since surgery performed.  I was happy to have her share her story with me.  This is what convinced me to have the surgery done.  It is better than living with Epilepsy.  I have suffered for many years to a point medication was no longer controlling the seizures!  They did a number of test prior to surgery to pinpoint exactly where my seizures were coming from.  I also had the WADA and Memory test.  They found that my seizure were coming from the left lobe, speech right side.  They removed 1 1/2 inches of my left lobe and MRI showed they removed the portion where my seizures were coming from so I am hoping and praying that I become seizure free.

I didn't think about deaths

I didn't think about deaths before I had a temporal lobectomy as the physician is a friend and I knew I'd be discouraged if there was any huge risk. Since surgery. albeit I the fact that I have less memory (& need to write things down) I've had no more seizures.

However, I did a search for you and the only death related info I found was about a study where 3 had occurred (A distinct minority = chances of that happening are rare, so no worries.)
http://professionals.epilepsy.com/pubmed/pubmed.php?article=17639865

If your son has been ok'd for surgery the possibility of improving greatly outweighs the chance of problems.
Here are some pages about neuro-surgery and risks:
http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/surgery.html

Hope that helps & best wishes to you & your son,
~sol

Re: I didn't think about deaths

Thank you very much Sol!

Re: Has anyone ever died from brain surgery?

Potential adverse events for lobectomy

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