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    Epilepsy Experts in Phoenix, Arizona

    Epilepsy Surgery

    Epilepsy surgery is an operation performed on the brain or on the vagus nerve to try to fix or remove a lesion or pathology that is causing epileptic seizures. The following procedures are used to treat epilepsy:

    • Focal resection – removing the portion of the brain where seizures originate
    • Hemispherectomy – removing the outer layer of one half of the brain
    • Corpus callostomy – severing neural connections to interrupt the pathway by which seizures spread
    • Vagus nerve stimulation – using electrical impulses to stimulate the vagus nerve
    What is Epilepsy Surgery used for?

    Epilepsy surgery is used to treat seizures. Surgery may help reduce the frequency of seizures or eliminate them entirely.

    Am I a good candidate for Epilepsy Surgery?

    You may be a good candidate for epilepsy surgery if you have severe seizures that are not responding to medication.

    Surgery may be recommended if your seizures occur in one area of the brain and the area can easily be removed without causing other problems.

    • Date of last review: December 29, 2016

    About Barrow Neurological Institute

    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.