In England, an estimated 340 children each year could benefit from brain surgery for epilepsy. However, in recent years, only around 110 children each year have undergone brain surgery for epilepsy.
In November 2012, a new Children’s Epilepsy Surgery Service (CESS) was set up to provide high quality brain surgery for many more children with epilepsy in England. Surgery will be predominately undertaken by four centres but for children aged six years and over surgery may be appropriately performed locally with the agreement of the relevant CESS. All cases being considered for epilepsy surgery should be discussed by the multidisciplinary team (MDT) in the relevant CESS centre. The service is available to children from any part of England.