Epilepsy Surgery

One possible treatment option for some types of seizures is surgery. Surgery may be considered in a child who:

  • Has seizures that are unable to be controlled with medications.
  • Has seizures that always start in one area of the brain.
  • Has a seizure in a part of the brain that can be removed without disrupting important behaviors such as speech, memory or vision.

Surgery for epilepsy is a complicated process performed by a specialized surgical team. The operation may remove the part of the brain where the seizures are occurring or in some cases, the surgery helps to stop the spread of the bad electrical currents through the brain. 

Surgery is not an option for everyone with seizures. Discuss this with your child's physician for more information.

Epilepsy Surgery at Children's

  • We are a level 4 center, the highest designation by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, which indicates that we provide a complete spectrum of care for the most complex cases.
  • Nearly 85 percent of our patients are either seizure-free or have substantially reduced number of seizures after surgery.
  • Our pediatric-trained epileptologists, neuropsychologists and neurosurgeons collaborate on surgical procedures when appropriate to deliver coordinated care and expertise to our patients.

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