Also known as:
Anterior temporal lobectomy, Hemispherectomy, Corpus callosotomy
Some people with epileptic seizures do not respond to medicine but have great success with surgery.
Anterior temporal lobectomy is the most common brain surgery for epilepsy in adults. It involves removing part of one of the brain's temporal lobes to reduce seizures.
Hemispherectomy is a common surgery for severe epilepsy in children. This technique involves removing the damaged side of the brain.
Corpus callosotomy is another common surgery for epilepsy in children. This technique involves surgically disconnecting the two sides (hemispheres) of the brain to prevent generalized seizures. It does not help with partial seizures.
Surgery is not used just as a last resort to treat epilepsy. Although brain surgery may sound frightening, it can successfully reduce seizures that are harmful, severe, frequent, or do not respond to medicines. Surgery can greatly improve the lives of some carefully screened people who have epilepsy. If you would like to know if surgery is a good choice for you, talk with your doctor.