What is the role of surgery in the treatment of epilepsy?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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The 2 major kinds of brain surgery for epilepsy are palliative and potentially curative. The use of a vagal nerve stimulator (VNS) for palliative therapy in patients with intractable atonic seizures has reduced the need for anterior callosotomy. Lobectomy and lesionectomy are among several possible curative surgeries.

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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