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Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. Seizures are sudden and uncontrolled bursts of electrical activity in the brain, leading to various symptoms that can affect consciousness, movements, sensations, or emotions. Epilepsy can be caused by various factors, including genetics, brain injury, infections, or other underlying medical conditions.

Epilepsy: Unlocking hope, seizing control, and reclaiming a life free from the grip of seizures.

Types of Epilepsy

Epilepsy can present in various forms and severities, including:

  • Focal Onset Seizures: Seizures that begin in a specific area of the brain and may affect only one part of the body or one side of the body.

  • Generalized Seizures: Seizures that involve both sides of the brain and often result in loss of consciousness.

  • Complex Partial Seizures: Seizures that start in a specific area of the brain and may alter consciousness or awareness.

  • Absence Seizures: Brief lapses of consciousness that are more common in children.

Diagnosis of Epilepsy

Accurate diagnosis is essential to understand the type and cause of epilepsy. Dr. Karthikeyan YR utilizes a combination of diagnostic tools, including:

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG): Recording brainwave patterns to identify abnormal electrical activity.

  • Imaging Studies: MRI and CT scans to visualize any structural abnormalities in the brain.

  • Blood Tests: To detect potential underlying causes, such as infections or metabolic disorders.

Evaluating Epilepsy Surgery Candidacy

Before recommending epilepsy surgery, a thorough evaluation is conducted to determine whether surgery is the best course of action. This evaluation may include:

  • Video EEG Monitoring: Continuous monitoring of brain activity to pinpoint the exact location of seizures.

  • Neuropsychological Testing: Assessing cognitive functions to understand the potential impact of surgery.

  • Brain Imaging: MRI and PET scans to identify the seizure focus and evaluate brain structure.

Types of Epilepsy Surgery

Several surgical approaches can be considered, depending on the location of the seizure focus and the patient’s individual circumstances. These may include:

  1. Temporal Lobectomy: Removal of a portion of the temporal lobe where seizures originate.

  2. Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LITT): Minimally invasive surgery using laser technology to destroy seizure-generating brain tissue.

  3. Corpus Callosotomy: Severing the corpus callosum, which connects the brain’s hemispheres, to prevent the spread of seizures.

  4. Responsive Neurostimulation (RNS): Implantation of a device that monitors brain activity and provides stimulation to interrupt seizures.

Benefits of Epilepsy Surgery

Epilepsy surgery offers several advantages:

  1. Significant Seizure Reduction: Most individuals experience a significant reduction in seizure frequency or complete seizure freedom.

  2. Enhanced Quality of Life: Improved seizure control leads to a better quality of life, reduced safety concerns, and the ability to engage in everyday activities.

  3. Reduced Medication Dependence: Many patients can reduce or eliminate their reliance on anti-epileptic drugs after successful surgery.

Dr. Karthikeyan YR is an experienced neurosurgeon with a specialized focus on epilepsy surgery. His expertise and commitment to patient-centered care make him an excellent choice for individuals seeking surgical solutions to their epilepsy. Dr. Karthikeyan is dedicated to using the latest surgical techniques and advancements to provide the best possible outcomes for his patients.

If you or a loved one is dealing with drug-resistant epilepsy, it may be time to explore the benefits of epilepsy surgery. Dr. Karthikeyan YR and his team are ready to guide you through the evaluation process and provide the most suitable surgical intervention to bring improved seizure control and a brighter future. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Your well-being is our top priority.

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