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???
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.
I haven't had a seizure since (before surgery, seizures were every week). My neurologist will begin weaning me from Lamictal in October.
I'm waiting for the surgery to come out that I'll have and after it no more MEDS!
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.
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.