For a small percentage of children with poorly controlled seizures, surgery is an option. The basic surgical approach is to isolate and remove the brain tissue associated with the seizure focus.
Cognition may be preserved, and at times partially recovered, by early surgical treatment by reducing or stopping seizures. Doctors generally recommend that people who have epilepsy surgery, still take antiepileptic drugs to remain seizure free, however, doses may be adjusted or lowered.
Click on the video to hear Dr Stephen Malone, Paediatric Neurologist and Epileptologist, answer the question ‘When is surgery considered as a treatment option in children?’
Surgery as a treatment option