More than two-thirds (70%) of children eligible for epilepsy surgery to treat their seizures were not referred, a new report has found.
Stories about surgery
A UK mother has started a campaign to see laser ablation treatment offered in the UK. The treatment is already offered in the US and has demonstrated positive results in treating tumours called hypothalamic harmartoma (HH) – the main side-effect of which is epilepsy
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.
New evidence supports the use of a new surgical tool in treating epilepsy. Rather than a traditional scalpel, a laser tool burns away the seizure focus – and only needs a one-night stay in hospital
A new report published in the March issue of Neurosurgery has shed light onto Stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG).
SEEG is a process that aims to improve surgical panning and surgery for patients with intractable epilepsy. It uses 3D imaging of the brain alongside placing electrodes in the area of the brain in which seizures originate. This results in highly detailed data of the brain to increase accuracy when planning brain surgery.