Epilepsy Surgery in India

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Epilepsy is one of the most common neurologic diseases, present in about 4% of the world's population. The disease can be well controlled with medications alone, but many patients do not respond well to the epileptic medications and thus need surgery to control seizures

Epilepsy surgery is advised to people who have tried at least two epilepsy drugs without success and have seizures originating on the same place of the brain.

Epilepsy surgery removes or isolates the area of brain where seizures originate. If it is an area of the brain which cannot be removed, the surgeon makes incisions to prevent seizures from spreading to other parts of the brain

Why is Epilepsy surgery required?

Epilepsy surgery has proven to be successful in reducing and even eliminating seizures in patients who did not respond well to the epilepsy medications. It is important to get the treatment for epilepsy, repeated seizures may result in:

  •   Irreparable Brain damage from repeated seizures
  •   Sudden death, a rare complication
  •   Injuries from falling / driving during various activities

Types and Techniques for Epilepsy Surgery

There are various techniques and types of epilepsy surgery. Your surgeon would advise the best technique for you depending upon where the seizures originate in your brain. Various techniques include of epilepsy surgery include:

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Removal of a part or the brain

This is the most common type of surgery and is highly successful. Medically known as resective surgery ( and popularly known as temporal lobe resection), it entails removal of a portion- a lobe, portion of lobe or the lesion that is causing seizures, about the size of golf ball

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Removal of connection between brain hemispheres

Medically known as corpus callosotomy, this type of surgery is usually performed in children who have seizures starting in one hemisphere spreading to the other. The surgery severs the neural connections between the right and left halves of the brain and thus stops seizures from spreading and reduces its severity as well.

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Removal of half of the brain

Medically known as hemispherectomy, this is the most radical surgery, which removes the outer layer of the half of the brain. It is done in children with seizures because of damage to one half of the brain, occurring in rare conditions during birth. The chances of recovery are quite good in young children.

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Candidates for Epilepsy Surgery

It is very important that right candidates be chosen for the best results of the surgery. You are a good candidate for epilepsy surgery if:

  •   You have tried at least two anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), and they have not stopped, or greatly reduced the number of seizures.
  •   There must be a specific cause for your epilepsy that can be removed with surgery, without harming your brain or you in any other way.
  •   Your surgeon must weigh the pros and cons and is confident that you would have a better quality of life after the surgery than without it.

Pre - surgical evaluation

You would undergo a battery of tests before the surgery. This may include few or all of these:

  •   EEG
  •   CT Scan
  •   MRI Scan
  •   Functional MRI scan
  •   PET scan
  •   SPECT scan

Surgery for Epilepsy

The surgery is done under general anaesthesia and involves making a small opening in the skull to have access to your brain. The required procedure is done and the bone is replaced and fixed to the skull. The surgery may takes 3-5 hours.

Your head will be swollen and painful, which would reduce with painkillers. The swelling subsides gradually. You would be advised to relax for few weeks and continue with anti- epileptic drugs for a year or two, which may be reduced or stopped after that.

Why should you choose to get Epilepsy surgery in India?

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  •   Indian doctors are known all over the world for their skill and knowledge and have the experience of studying and working at the best neuro surgery hospitals in the world.
  •   Neurosurgery Hospitals in India are equipped with the latest and high end technology.
  •   Doctors, nurses and hospital staff are English speaking, and thus no language barrier. Translators are available, if you cannot speak or understand English.
  •   Hospitals in India are designed to provide complete patient care and care for the attendants- coffee lounges, money changers, travel desks, wi-fi zones etc.
  •   Best Medicines and drugs are produced in India and exported all over the world. The cost of thus best medicines and drugs in India is thus much less.
  •   Cost of epilepsy surgery in India at best brain surgery hospitals in India is very low as compared to the cost at best hospitals in America or UK with the same level of care and services.
  •   Most advanced Technology Infrastructure - Blood Bank with 24 hour apharesis facility, advanced laboratory and microbiology (infection control) support, advanced cardiology, DSA and interventionalradiology, portable and colour ultra-sonology, Liver Fibro-scan, 64 slice CT scanner, 3 T MRI, PET-CT and nephrology (including 24 hour dialysis and CVVHD).

Reasons to choose IndiCure for your Epilepsy surgery in India:

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  •   Indian doctors are known all over the world for their skill and knowledge and have the experience of studying and working at the best neuro surgery hospitals in the world.
  •   Neurosurgery Hospitals in India are equipped with the latest and high end technology.
  •   Doctors, nurses and hospital staff are English speaking, and thus no language barrier. Translators are available, if you cannot speak or understand English.
  •   Hospitals in India are designed to provide complete patient care and care for the attendants- coffee lounges, money changers, travel desks, wi-fi zones etc.
  •   Best Medicines and drugs are produced in India and exported all over the world. The cost of thus best medicines and drugs in India is thus much less.
  •   Cost of epilepsy surgery in India at best brain surgery hospitals in India is very low as compared to the cost at best hospitals in America or UK with the same level of care and services.
  •   Most advanced Technology Infrastructure - Blood Bank with 24 hour apharesis facility, advanced laboratory and microbiology (infection control) support, advanced cardiology, DSA and interventionalradiology, portable and colour ultra-sonology, Liver Fibro-scan, 64 slice CT scanner, 3 T MRI, PET-CT and nephrology (including 24 hour dialysis and CVVHD).

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