According to reports at a recent epilepsy conference, a new surgical technique could ‘revolutionise’ surgery to cure epilepsy. Stereotactic laser ablation of the hippocampus (SLAH) may result in increased seizure freedom. The surgery is also less risky, new studies show.
“I believe this technique can revolutionise how we approach brain surgery, as long as it continues to prove safe and shows adequate efficacy for seizure control,” study investigator, Daniel Drane, PhD, told Medscape Medical News at the 30th International Epilepsy Conference in Montreal, Canada.
This type of surgery is what is known as ‘minimally invasive’. That means that no craniotomy has to be performed. A craniotomy is an operation that gives surgeons access to the human brain. They can then perform operations to treat conditions like epilepsy.
The good thing about minimally invasive surgery is that the patient doesn’t have to stay in hospital for so long. But the really important thing is that this type of surgery has been shown to avoid any cognitive morbidity. That means that after the surgery, the patient doesn’t lose any of their previous thinking capabilities.
The 30th International Epilepsy Congress was organised by the International League Against Epilepsy. It took place between 23 and 27 June, 2013. The main purpose of the congress is for epilepsy experts from around the world to get together to share knowledge about new treatments.