Surgical Procedures

The Epilepsy Center offers several different surgical procedures.

Focal Resection: After identifying the portion of the brain where seizures originate, surgeons can specifically target and remove problem areas. The procedure is most often performed on the temporal lobe, but can also occur in other parts of the brain. Your physician will recommend a thorough set of tests to determine the location of the seizure focus and confirm that the surgery will not risk the loss of any important functions such as speech or movement.

Corpus Callosotomy: Surgeons interrupt the pathways of seizures by separating the right and left hemispheres of the brain. To achieve this, they sever the corpus callosum which is the bundle of neural fibers connecting the two hemispheres. This procedure generally does not completely stop seizures from occurring. However, seizures usually become less severe because they cannot spread to the opposite side of the brain. This procedure is rarely as it is considered a last resort.