Also called: Lesionectomy; Temporal Resection; Extra-Temporal Resection; Hemispherectomy
The neurosurgeons at UAMS Health offer the entire spectrum of surgical procedures for treating patients with medically refractory epilepsy. Most procedures involve surgically removing or disconnecting an epileptic focus or region in the brain (as in lesionectomies), temporal resections and extra-temporal resections.
Sometimes, a hemispherectomy procedure may be needed for challenging and very severe types of epilepsy. Other procedures when surgical removal/disconnection is not an option involve the implantation of a neurostimulator device, such as the vagal nerve stimulator (VNS) or a responsive neurostimulator (Neuropace).
For all surgical patients, a formal pre-operative consultation is held with an epilepsy-trained neurosurgeon to discuss the various options available and to decide on a tailored, customized surgical plan.