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Doctor insights on: Is It Possible To Not Know If You Have Had A Lobotomy

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What is a lobotomy?

What is a lobotomy?

Lobotomy: A lobotomy is a technique where part of the part is removed, mostly common for seizures or tumor. The most common locations are the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. ...Read more

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Who gets a lobotomy?

Who gets a lobotomy?

Lobotomy: There are various reasons for a lobotomy. It can be for tumor resection, epilepsy, or other brain diseases. Historically, it was performed for psychiatric diseases, though this has fallen out of favor from the 1970's. ...Read more

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Can a lobotomy be reversed?

Can a lobotomy be reversed?

No: A lobotomy involves the removal of brain tumor usually in the case of traumatic injury or extensive tumor involvement. Once brain tissue is removed, it can't be replaced. In children with early brain injury, the unaffected normal brain may pick up the function that was in the area that was removed. ...Read more

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Do lobotomies make you demented?

Do lobotomies make you demented?

Not really: Lobotomy is a now obsolete procedure which was designed to make mentally ill people less of a problem. It did lower their activity and agitation level but caused severe changes in human interaction and damaged some higher mental functions. But dementia was usually not observed. There are few left who have suffered this procedure. ...Read more

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Is lobotomy still being done today?

No: This was proven to be an error and lobotomies have ceased to be done for decades. ...Read more

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What is a lobotomy? What is it supposed to do?

What is a lobotomy? What is it supposed to do?

Prefrontal lobotomy: An archaic, discontinued, primitive surgery to treat psychiatric diseases, such a schizophrenia, depression, manic-depressive psychosis. No longer used due to the severe morbidity outcomes, and gratifyingly replaced by modern medication. ...Read more

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Do you know are lobotomies still performed today?

No: The condition had not been shown to actually help the patients and has been abandoned for years. ...Read more

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What exactly are the effects that lobotomies have?

What exactly are the effects that lobotomies have?

Not performed much: Lobotomies used to be performed for people with psychiatric disorders in which a disconnection of the hemispheres was considered to help them alter their behavior patterns. Unfortunately people frequently had disconnection disorders and became extremely passive, lacked initiative, vegetative, or many other difficulties. It frequently removed the personality of the affected person. ...Read more

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Please explain what happens to people after lobotomy?

Please explain what happens to people after lobotomy?

Lobotomy: It depends on what the lobotomy is being done for - if for tumor and localized to one lobe the outcome can be quite tolerable. The frontal lobotomy done for psychiatric issues has not been done in years due to the improvement in medications which have replaced this technique. ...Read more

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I'm curious what could happen to people after lobotomy?

I'm curious what could happen to people after lobotomy?

Lobotomy: The outcome depends on the location of the lobotomy. Traditional frontal lobotomies were performed to make angry violent people more docile. Some areas of the brain are silent and there is little neurological damage. Other areas such as the occipital lobe can cause vision loss. Discuss the possible outcome with a neurologist or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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What will a lobotomy do to a person's personality exactly?

What will a lobotomy do to a person's personality exactly?

Effects not exact: But, it's important to note that this procedure is no longer done as a standard treatment for mental health problems. The use of lobotomies peaked in the mid-1950's. Currently, medications and other medical and psychotherapeutic treatments are used for serious mental disorders. Traditionally, lobotomy tended to dull the personality rather than sharpen it. ...Read more

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What would happen to you if you got a lobotomy but didn't need one?

What would happen to you if you got a lobotomy but didn't need one?

Lobectomy: If a region of the brain has been removed it is usually for a good reason such as to stop seizures or to make space if there is swelling for example. Universally neurosurgeons only try to remove quiescent or nonessential areas. Assuming that is the scenario, the effect most likely what be to cause no change as a result of the lobectomy. ...Read more

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What I had done and a frontal lobotomy?

What I had done and a frontal lobotomy?

What you had done?: Frontal lobotomies are not often done today. The majority of them were done by psychiatrists by placing a tome under the eyelid on each side pushing into the brain and moving the knife (tome) side to side to cut brain tracts. There was a very high morbidity. Frontal lobes (one) are often removed with tumor or hemorrhage. Removing one side usually leaves person normal. ...Read more

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Hey docs, should lobotomies be brought back?

Lobotomies: Lobotomies are been out of favor for several decades but having said that there might be a rare case that might respond to this form of treatment. The vast majority of patients are now treated with various medications. ...Read more

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What are the surgical risks of a lobotomy?

What are the surgical risks of a lobotomy?

Too high: Only in extremely rare cases would anyone recommend this procedure now. If a doctor is recommending this procedure, I would get a second opinion before considering it. ...Read more

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Fainting during lobotomy Why. How to avoid it?

Fainting during lobotomy Why. How to avoid it?

Lobotomy: Is a type of brain surgery performed for mental illness many years ago. It fell into disrepute and has not been practiced for decades. You must be referring to another procedure, but I'm not sure what. ...Read more

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Are lobotomies performed in third-world countries?

Are lobotomies performed in third-world countries?

NO: There so many meds available now that lobotomies are rarely done. Also a lot of third world countries do not have neurosurgery services available. ...Read more

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Subsequent to having a lobotomy done does a person feel better, do they handle stress better than normal?

Subsequent to having a lobotomy done does a person feel better, do they handle stress better than normal?

I am assuming you: Aren't referring to a prefrontal lobotomy. Psychosurgery is only for treatment refractory ocd that is severe. Some surgical options include capsulotomy, limbic leukotomy, anterior cingulotomy, deep brain stimulation ; transcranial magnetic stimulation. The surgery is done to alleviate or minimize symptoms of ocd. ...Read more

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Did any lobotomy patients actually benefit from this? Or were they all failures that left people mentally incapacitated?

Did any lobotomy patients actually benefit from this? Or were they all failures that left people mentally incapacitated?

Lobotomies were: A form of surgery to control mental symptoms. They left the patient w/flat affect and less functional in terms of intellect and motivation. W/the advent of psychiatric medications the number lobotomies dropped markedly from the 1950s onward and are not done today. Other forms of brain surgery are performed but for medical reasons such as intractable seizures but this is not the same as lobotomy. ...Read more

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Why are psychiatric drugs prescribed if peoplee are afraid of chemical lobotomy?

Why are psychiatric drugs prescribed if peoplee are afraid of chemical lobotomy?

Chemical lobotomy?: Most doctors prescribe medications in order to help people with painful symptoms and illnesses -- not to render them stuporous or otherwise impaired. I agree with dr. Fowler's comments. Psychiatric medications do have side effects, yet there can be reasonable balancing of desirable effects vs problematic ones. Above all, a working patient-doctor partnership is needed. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I'm suffering from depression and I have anger issues. I was just wondering if a lobotomy would solve the problem?

What do you suggest if I'm suffering from depression and I have anger issues. I was just wondering if a lobotomy would solve the problem?

That isn't the: Answer. Surgery has been used for really severe ocd that is recalcitrant to other treatments. Are you under the care of a psychiatrist? Are you on psychiatric medications? Are you in some form of therapy (like cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy). There are many approaches to treating depression / anger. Please ensure that you are getting the care that you need and deserve. ...Read more

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Was lobotomy ever done as a treatment for Narcolepsy? I was born in 1995 in PA. Diagnosed when I was 5-7. Concerned about if I ever had it done to me.

Was lobotomy ever done as a treatment for Narcolepsy? I was born in 1995 in PA. Diagnosed when I was 5-7. Concerned about if I ever had it done to me.

Would not worry: Yes, Lobotomies were frequent in the early to mid 19th century for a range of conditions that included narcolepsy - these procedures largely went away around the early 1960s in the United States. As a result, it is not likely that you were exposed to this procedure having been born in 1995 and diagnosed around 2000. ...Read more

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I've read horror stories on chlorpromazine (tardive dyskinesia, chemical lobotomy, death). How likely are those serious side effects on 12.5 - 25mg?

I've read horror stories on chlorpromazine (tardive dyskinesia, chemical lobotomy, death). How likely are those serious side effects on 12.5 - 25mg?

Perplexed: Why are you to take a phenothiazine in this day and age, as the use of this class, other than Haldol and Compazine (prochlorperazine) is almost non-existent currently? Low dosing does mitigate risk and side effects, but most of my colleagues would be loathe to use these ancient meds, and select more modern, more effective, and safer agents. Will refer this to my psychiatric colleagues, also. ...Read more

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Who knows about onchocerciasis?

Who knows about onchocerciasis?

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Who knows about achondroplasia?

Who knows about achondroplasia?

Dwarfism: About 1 in 20, 000 births. Genetic defect causes poor bone growth. Affected persons have a large head with small bones in the mid face. The arms and legs are short, but the trunk is long. Intelligence is usually normal, but walking is often delayed. They can have problems with the spinal cord being compressed. They can have children, but there is a high risk >50% of passing the defect to offspring. ...Read more