Study shows brain surgery for temporal lobe epilepsy can extend life expectancy

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, surgery to remove a small portion of the brain responsible for causing seizures may help some patients with temporal lobe epilepsy live as much as five years longer than those on anti-seizure drugs. Successful epilepsy surgery can eliminate seizures completely allowing patients to enjoy a much better quality of life.

Surgery is not for everyone and surgery does not come without risk. At our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in Holy Cross Hospital we are able to monitor seizure activity through state-of-the-art digital equipment, which helps us to determine the precise location of the abnormality in the brain responsible for seizures. Depending on the area of the brain causing the seizures, surgery may be an option and can offer a cure for many people.

Are you a person who has been diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy taking anti-epileptic medication and you continue to experience seizures? You might be a candidate for surgery.

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