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Has Anyone Ever Had Laser Ablation Epilepsy Surgery?

Has Anyone Ever Had Laser Ablation Epilepsy Surgery?

my epileptologist brought this up yesterday as possible treatment for my seizures. I had a temporal lobectomy, but that didn't work (at least not 100%) and gave me a different type of seizures. the place he wants to zap with a laser is a sensitive area that they KNEW was causing seizure activity, but couldn't remove during the temporal lobectomy because it would be dangerous to do so.

has anyone else had this surgery? how was it? was it painful? did it work? anything else you want to add?

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Laser ablation might be worth looking into. I was home from the hospital the day after surgery with 2 staples in the back of my head, which were removed 9 days later. I got to post a picture of my staples on my webpage. I experienced no pain, just a swollen brain (left side only). A small scab on my forehead was gone in less than a week. No hair was removed. And I haven't had a seizure since.

posted almost 6 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Hi,
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 for more than 8 weeks (before surgery, seizures were every week). My neurologist will begin weaning me from Lamictal in October.

posted almost 6 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I did had it and it was painful for a while but it healed I guess aIthough it didn't stop my seizures therefore I'll probably will be having a neuro space

posted about 6 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I had a right temporal lobectomy and continue to have seizures. I went in for monitoring to see if It could be an option, but just like the lobectomy, I would lose my eyesight in left eye. So they didn't recommend it for me.

posted about 6 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Marissa,
It was brought up to Me 6 months ago by My Epitologist. This is an overnight Surgery that a Neurosurgeon does it. I was really interested into it. My Epitologist brought My file to the conference room filled with the other Doctors and Neurosurgeon. The Neurosurgeon said no. First, because I had 2 Temporal Lobe Surgeries and 2. the seizures could travel from where it originated. It wouldn't be a good surgery for Me. I spoke to the Neurosurgeon personally when He came to the Support Group!
Also, He said this is a new Surgery. The Surgeon said that We can wait a couple of years!

posted about 6 years ago
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