Brain Surgery For Epilepsy?

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Good afternoon, nI have had epilepsy for a long time and only manage seizures with anti-epileptic drugs. What I would like to ask if I underwent brain surgery, what side effects will occur after the operation? N nThank you ….

1 Answer:

Hi vanjosi,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Epilepsy is a disorder in which activity in the brain becomes abnormal, causing seizures or disturbances in behavior, sensation, and temporary and recurrent loss of consciousness. This condition can be triggered by multifactorial conditions, ranging from genetic influences, history of head injury, brain disorders (for example due to tumors or strokes), infections (for example meningitis, AIDS, encephalitis), prenatal injuries, to developmental disorders (for example autism, neurofibromatosis).

Although not directly life threatening, people with epilepsy who do not receive adequate treatment have the potential for injury, such as falls, drowning, or motor vehicle accidents, which can be fatal. In addition, because of its recurrent nature and often this recurrence does not recognize situations and conditions, sufferers often also experience depression, excessive anxiety, and even the desire to commit suicide because of it.

Therefore, people with epilepsy need to get adequate treatment. This handling can be done in several ways, namely:

Administration of anti-epileptic drugs Vagus nerve stimulation surgery Ketogenic diet Deep brain stimulation, etc. Surgery can be an alternative therapy for people with epilepsy who do not respond well to drug administration. This operation is usually done if the results of the examination show that the part of the brain that triggers epilepsy is small and clear. In addition, surgery can also be performed if the risk is small in causing interference with vital functions, for example speaking, language, motor functions, vision, hearing, and so on. Every surgical procedure has risks. One of the most worrying risks of brain surgery for epilepsy is a permanent decline in cognitive function. Therefore, you should consult directly with a neurologist and neurosurgeon regarding the best treatment for your condition.

I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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