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My Neurologist Brought Up "Laser Ablation Surgery". I Had 2 Temporal Lobe Surgeries (left) Which Failed. Would This Be Good For Me?

My Neurologist Brought Up "Laser Ablation Surgery". I Had 2 Temporal Lobe Surgeries (left) Which Failed. Would This Be Good For Me?

This is overnight surgery only, not like the Temporal which was a 10 day for me. It's minimal invasive the Ablation not like the general surgery....Why wouldn't the Neurosurgeon do this instead???

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I was dealing with epilepsy for over 20 years. I tried at least 15 different meds, none of which made a difference in my seizures. Visualase MRI-Guided Laser Ablation surgery was the best decision I ever made.
http://www.medtronic.com/us-en/healthcare-profe...
I haven't had a seizure since (before surgery, seizures were every week). My neurologist will begin weaning me from Lamictal in October.

posted about 4 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I'm waiting for the surgery to come out that I'll have and after it no more MEDS!

posted about 5 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

This is a new surgery that has only been out since 2009. From what I know only 50 have been performed from my Neurosurgeon, including 1 other Neurosurgeon at the University of Seattle Medical Hospital. I'm not sure how the other candidates are doing but my Neurosurgeon says it's going well so far for me. I still get biyearly MRIs to check on the lesions if they've grown, stayed the same or stopped growing. I really do wish they had this many years ago but modern technology just takes time.

posted about 5 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Hi I'm glad I saw your post. I had this procedure/ surgery done last June 23. I've been seizure controlled for almost 4 months now due to the surgery. I'm 45 years old now but have had seizures for the last 32 years. I had seizures coming from one side of my brain. I had been asked 20 years for the invasive cut the brain surgery. I wouldn't let them cut my head that way. So I went uncontrolled for many years until they had something I was able to trust. I was found to be a candidate last year of September but waited to do the procedure last June because of my insurance agreed to pay. I had the $2000 out of pocket to pay. But It really worked for me so far. I'm taking everyday one at a time. I pray to keep safe everyday whether I do have a seizure. I do have a job that keeps my stress level low. I still can't drive until the 6 month period of seizure free period. But I really don't think I want to drive with these crazy drivers now a days. Plus it might give me a seizure.

If you have anymore questions let me know. I'd love to give you more of my experience with this surgery. God Bless you and your journey.

posted about 5 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I was told but they haven't started yet, because it's only been 4 1/2 months. My next MRI is this February, 2015. I'm sure we'll talk about weaning me off my current dosage. Let me know if you want any other info.

posted about 5 years ago
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