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Is there any permanent cure for seizures besides surgery?

Is there any permanent cure for seizures besides surgery?

Smaller procedure?: Most patients achieve seizure control with medicines. Ask your neurologist if a vagal nerve stimulator is appropriate for your seizures. It is surgery- but not brain surgery. There are also interesting trials of gamma knife radiosurgery (focused radiation treatment to achieve the same goal as surgery). ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more


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People suffer from petit mal.Which surgery removes the tissue.and which area are the seizures coming from.

People suffer from petit mal.Which surgery removes the tissue.and which area are the seizures coming from.

Absence seizures, : formerly petit mal seizures, often start in early childhood & stop before age 20. If they start ~age 10, they may persist, but often as complex partial or tonic-clonic seizures. Absence EEG spikes-&_waves may be generalized in kids. Adult focal seizures refractory to AED's are more likely to be complex partial seizures. Tests to define type & area of genesis of seizures are available. ...Read more

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I have moderate to severe seizures and looking for ways to decrease them without surgery? Also what type of foods can I eat?

I have moderate to severe seizures and looking for ways to decrease them without surgery? Also what type of foods can I eat?

Many choices: Several newer meds available, and you might consider these, but statistically, if you have already tried 3 or 4 meds, the chance of med success by adding or changing may not be higher than 5-10% at most. A vagal nerve stimulator could be considered instead of surgery. Doubtful that most foods would affect the seizures, but might cut back on carbos due to sugar effect, and watch alcohol. ...Read more

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The surgery for petit mal to be completely seizure free?

The surgery for petit mal to be completely seizure free?

Petit mal - surgery?: People do not normally have surgery for petit mal (absence) seizures. Most people who have these are children, and the seizures abate as they age. Perhaps you mean complex partial seizures? These would not be peit mal, but they may be amenable to surgery, in some cases. Normally a person would try several medicine treatment options first. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/petit-ma ...Read more

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Is there a brain surgery to help with seizures?

Is there a brain surgery to help with seizures?

Surgery 4 seizures: Yes, brain surgery is done to help with certain types of epilepsy. Seizures that are very difficult to treat are one indicator for this treatment. Adults with seizures that originate in a small part of the brain (focal onset) are also candidates for this. ...Read more

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Could having a bad seizure when i'm waking up after surgery be a reaction to general anesthesia?

Could having a bad seizure when i'm waking up after surgery be a reaction to general anesthesia?

No: Anesthesia is generally protective against seizures. This is somthing else. I might consider talling to a neurologist to see if something else is going on. ...Read more

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I was epileptic growing up but got surgery and have been seizure free for 2.5 years since the surgery. Why does my Neuro Dr keep me on my meds?

I was epileptic growing up but got surgery and have been seizure free for 2.5 years since the surgery. Why does my Neuro Dr keep me on my meds?

Ask your doc: The sole meds you list include Clonazepam, a rather weak anti-epileptic drug. You may be prescribed due to anxiety or difficulty sleeping. Since your neurologist knows you best, sit down for about an hour face to face, and query him/her regarding future plans for your meds. ...Read more

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What should I do even after having seizures after brain surgery?

What should I do even after having seizures after brain surgery?

Get help: If you have had need for brain surgery and now have ongoing seizures, treatment is available, and numerous medications can work quite well . See a neurologist and get this controlled. ...Read more

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Wheelchair bound, severed tendon.MS, seizures, asthma, hypopituitary. Surgery in or outpatient?

Wheelchair bound, severed tendon.MS, seizures, asthma, hypopituitary. Surgery in or outpatient?

Inpt / outpt surgery: Many surgeries these days are done for "outpatients" - people come from home, and go home the same day. There are exceptions. Normally inpt surgery is reserved for cases where special care is needed, complications are likely and monitoring is needed, or when complications occur unexpectedly. What kind of surgery is it? ...Read more

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Why would I need to take seizure medications after a surgery to remove a malignant tumor?

Prevent seizures: If you have previously had a seizure because of your tumor, you will need to take seizure meds for a while. If you have not previously seized, then the meds are simply used as a precaution to prevent future seizures. The use of prophylactic seizure meds is currently being studies and mildly controversial. I personally do use seizure meds in all my malignant brain tumor patients. ...Read more

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What do you think about brain surgery to help with seizures?

When to do it: Not everyone should have surgery to control seizures. People who have failed 3 or more medications that should prevent seizures, and who have a focus or origin of their seizures (partial onset) may be candidates for epilepsy surgery. People with generalized epilepsy may find a vagal nerve stimulator to be helpful. Does that answer your question? ...Read more

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My meds for epilepsy still not responding to my seizures can a neurologist refused surgery?

Second opinion: Get a second opinion about your medications. There are some forms of epilepsy that are not amenable to surgery so it is possible that the neurologist would not recommend surgery. ...Read more

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I have what they call petite mall seizures, i'll try anything but brain surgery. Suggestions?

I have what they call petite mall seizures, i'll try anything but brain surgery. Suggestions?

Treatment: Do you have true petit mal or just small seizures. Petit mal is a specific seizure type. In either case there are many medications available to treat seizures. You should discuss this with your neurologist. ...Read more

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Do you think I should have another brain surgery to get rid of my seizures?

Do you think I should have another brain surgery to get rid of my seizures?

When to get checked: If your prior surgery and current medical therapy are maximized and you still have seizures then okay to get evaluated. Your doctor will then be able to make a recommendation about more medication, more testing or more interventions. Take family or friend with you to see your doc. ...Read more

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I am in the process o being reviewed for gastric bypass. Is there something that might halt my journey because i've had brain surgery and 3 seizures?

I am in the process o being reviewed for gastric bypass. Is there something that might halt my journey because i've had brain surgery and 3 seizures?

Gastric bypass: Only if your neurosurgeon feels that it is unsafe to have abdominal surgery for some reason. I have operated on many patients like you so i don't think it will be an issue. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's possible to get rid of epileptic seizures forever after surgery?

Can you explain if it's possible to get rid of epileptic seizures forever after surgery?

Yes, but....: I am not a neurosurgeon, but have read reports of various procedures that can be very helpful. You should talk with your neurologist about seeing a neurosurgeon with experience in this area. I expect you'd need to go to a university medical center. ...Read more

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Having a big surgery, I am allergic to all pain meds. Can you use a epidural for 4 months? Have tried all pain meds cause seizures. Any ideas?

Having a big surgery, I am allergic to all pain meds. Can you use a epidural for 4 months? Have tried all pain meds cause seizures. Any ideas?

See a specialist: Well before surgery, see an anesthesiologist that specializes in outpatient pain management. Plan ahead. You have a complex situation and seeing a well education specialist, in person, will be very helpful. ...Read more

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My 26 year old brother has to go for brain surgery for uncontrolled epelpic seizures what are the side effects of it and what will exactly happen?

My 26 year old brother has to go for brain surgery for uncontrolled epelpic  seizures what are the side effects of it and what will exactly happen?

Impossible: I am very sorry to hear of your brother's troubles. I am sure he is in good hands there. Unfortunately there are too many unknowns: the type of surgery, any complications, the medications he is on etc for us to give you any valid answers to your good questions. Please copy these questions and take them to the hospital so that they can be asked of those caring for him. ...Read more

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