Story by: Norton Healthcare on December 12, 2017
If your doctor recommends you start a presurgical evaluation because medication hasn’t controlled your epilepsy, you’ll embark on a thorough process to identify treatment options based on the unique details of your seizures and their impact on your life.
Your physician likely will order many tests for you.
The purpose of these tests is to gather as much information as possible to pinpoint the area in the brain where your seizures are starting. This area is called the seizure focus.
After the testing, your care team (epileptologists, neurosurgeon, neuropsychologist, radiologists and others) will discuss your case and find the best treatment to help stop your seizures.
The team may decide that more testing is needed. Some patients require many conferences and tests before a final recommendation can be made.
For some people, testing to find the best treatment could take up to a year or longer to complete.
Here are some tests you may have:
Once the tests have been completed and the information reviewed, your epilepsy team will recommend one or more surgical treatment options for you to consider. These procedures involve removing, destroying or disrupting the seizure-onset zone — the area of brain where your seizures are starting.
Here are some surgical treatment options:
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