What are the surgical options for 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. In the past, the most common palliative surgery was anterior callosotomy, which was indicated for patients with intractable atonic seizures, who often sustain facial and neck injuries from falls. This surgery is still performed as the use of vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) in such patients has good efficacy.


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