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Can epilepsy surgery offer more than a short-term solution?

Little has been known about the long-term success of epilepsy surgery, even though surgeons have performed the surgery for decades. In a recent study, researchers sought to determine whether epilepsy surgery would provide long-term improvements.   Epilepsy affects the brain and causes seizures, which can occur in many different ways. Seizures can range from a few seconds of being confused to a complete lack of awareness of what is going on. People who suffer from epilepsy can be treated with medicine; however, in approximately 30% of people, the medicine does not stop the seizures. Individuals with epilepsy tend to have epilepsy surgery as relatively young adults in hopes of many years of a better quality of life ahead of them.

Surgery May Prolong Life in Some Children With Epilepsy

Epilepsy surgery adds several years to the life expectancy of children with refractory epilepsy who are deemed suitable surgical candidates, and it may improve their quality of life compared with continuing medical therapy only, a new study suggests. While there’s a growing consensus that surgery is sometimes an optimal choice in some pediatric patients, the new research actually quantifies the benefits, said lead researcher, Iván Sánchez Fernández, MD, an epilepsy fellow in the Division of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts. “Our model quantifies how this translates in terms of life expectancy, and the quantification shows that epilepsy surgery provides, in general, approximately 5 years of extra life expectancy when compared...

Support For Woman’s Epilepsy Surgery Goes Viral

A Knoxville man is trying to convince his little sister to have a surgery that could change her life. We introduced you to Brittany Ball earlier this year. She has a severe form of epilepsy that causes multiple seizures each day, despite her medication. Brittany has always been close to her older brother Jason Branam. “I want her to have a normal life. I want her to see more of her friends. I want her to be able to hang out like I got to,” Jason said. Brittany’s epilepsy is hard to control and her seizures are hard to predict. “It’s just a roller coaster of medicine,” she said. Her brother and mother want her to try another option – brain surgery. “There’s a lot of risk. It’s very dangerous,” said Donna Ball. That’s wh...

LASER SURGERY: Procedure Offers New Hope To Epilepsy Patients

Three million people in the United States suffer from epilepsy an often disabling brain disorder. When medicine doesn’t control the seizures patients may choose the drastic step of brain surgery. However, a less invasive option has been developed, CBS 2′s Dr. Max Gomez explained. The conventional approach to treating epilepsy involves opening up a fairly large flap of skull and then cutting out the abnormal part of the brain that serves as the source of the epileptic seizures. Now, doctors can use a tiny laser fiber to cook the sick brain area. “My seizures in the beginning were really strong,” Jack Ruiz said, “I would fall down and you know shake.” The description of Ruiz’s seizures is bad enough but when you actually see what he has been going through since the age of 17 it is disturbing...

Follow Up: 1 Year Old Seizure Free Since Surgery

Last week we brought you the story about baby Finnegan, the first patient in the US to receive this novel brain surgery at 1-year-old. This week we are posting a follow up from Daily Mail UK about how baby Finnegan has been Seizure free since the surgery! Wonderful news. Below is the full article that appeared yesterday at The Daily Mail. Any references to epilepsy seizures as fits, spells and episodes have been made by the Daily Mail and not EpilepsyU.com. — During his first year, Finnegan Born-Crow suffered 50 to 100 seizures a day. That was until he received a revolutionary new surgery and he hasn’t had one since. The first time Nicole Born-Crow noticed her baby son having a seizure, the family was on a vacation to New York. ‘It was terrifying. We had no idea what it w...

Neurosurgeon first in US to perform novel brain surgery on 1-year-old with epilepsy

Nicole Born-Crow started to suspect something was wrong with her newborn son Finnegan when he was just 3 months old. While he had grown normally up to that point, Nicole and her husband eventually began to notice that their son had started to prefer doing activities with one side of his body. Concerned for their son’s health, the new parents consulted with Finnegan’s pediatrician, who referred them to a neurologist.  Doctors conducted a number of tests to figure out what was happening, but they couldn’t pinpoint the root of the problem. Then when the family was on vacation in New York City, things took a turn for the worst – Finnegan suffered a severe seizure. “It was terrifying. We had no idea what it was,” Nicole Born-Crow, from Cleveland, Ohio, told FoxNews.com.  “I had an idea of what ...

BREAKTHROUGH: InSightec’s Amazing Ultrasound Surgery Technology

Israel’s InSightec is developing and using the most advanced ultrasound tumor destroying technology in the world. The system is MRI guided and is incredibly accurate, non-invasive and the recovery times are diminished dramatically. Many in-patient surgery procedures that are followed by weeks of recovery could be replaced by a few hours of out-patient treatment and little to no recovery time! Watch this video to learn about the technology and it’s current applications and the future of surgery. YouTube Video Description Copied below — InSightec® is the pioneer and global leader in MR guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery (MRgFUS) . InSightec developed ExAblate, a product which pioneers the use of MRgFUS, and provides a personalized non-invasive treatment that can replace inva...

Can you “see” what I am saying? Engineers Show Brain Depends On Vision to Hear

University of Utah bioengineers discovered our understanding of language may depend more heavily on vision than previously thought: under the right conditions, what you see can override what you hear. These findings suggest artificial hearing devices and speech-recognition software could benefit from a camera, not just a microphone. “For the first time, we were able to link the auditory signal in the brain to what a person said they heard when what they actually heard was something different. We found vision is influencing the hearing part of the brain to change your perception of reality — and you can’t turn off the illusion,” says the new study’s first author, Elliot Smith, a bioengineering and neuroscience graduate student at the University of Utah. “...

Neurosurgery for severe epilepsy

(July 20, 2011) — Two-thirds of people with severe and otherwise untreatable epilepsy were completely cured of their frequent seizures after undergoing neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, according to a new study that examined 143 of these patients two years after their operations.