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Does Having Seizures For Years Prior To Epilepsy Surgery Effect Success Of Surgery?

Does Having Seizures For Years Prior To Epilepsy Surgery Effect Success Of Surgery?

posted June 12, 2021
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

I have had Epilepsy 4 about 55 years and still do I had a VNS fitted in March and switched on in April I have gone from 5 2 10 Epileptic seizurers a week now I have had about 10 Epileptic seizurers in about 10 weeks the best thing I have ever done many thanks Alan x 🇬🇧

posted June 13, 2021
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

@A MyEpilepsyTeam Member , I too had The VNS implant. The power box died after 5 years using it. It didn’t work well in my case ( I still have the dead power box ). I still had the same a out of seizures. My Epileptologist, even had the VNS up to the highest setting.

The actual brain surgery, is where they remove part of the brain 🧠 where the seizures are active.

posted June 14, 2021 (edited)
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

It takes up to seven years to see if the surgery worked

posted June 13, 2021
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

I was told theoretically, if this technology was around when I was a child , it could of been possible to remove all of seizure tissue from the brain and have a seizure free life. The child keeps growing, while the brain is developing, until adulthood.

Now if your talking about as an adult, that’s a different answer. Having a brain surgery for example, is different to everyone. The first step is whether we are qualified or not. Even when we are qualified, the results will differ between everyone. Our seizure activities or the area of the brain causing our seizures are all different from one another. This all so means that we will get different results. Some of us may become seizure free. Some of us may not become seizure free, but still have good overall result.

Then there is the VNS, RNS, and DBS . Those too, can have different results, from one person to another.

If you had epilepsy as a child and still have it as an adult, then my opinionated answer would be yes. If you were already an adult, then I don’t feel it matters on how long you lived with your seizures and Epilepsy.

posted June 13, 2021
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

Siuzures free please

posted August 31, 2021
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