Epilepsy Problem in Human


Epilepsy is a “short circuit in the brain”. The first successful surgery for uncontrolled epilepsy was performed by Sir Victor Horsley, on 25th May, 1886

Epilepsy FAQS

Surgery is indicated in patients where more than two drugs for more than two years are tried, and still the disease is not adequately controlled. 15-20% of all epilepsy patients require surgery.

The epileptogenic area is either resected (temporal lobe resection in Mesial temporal sclerosis), any low grade tumour or disconnected callosotomy, hemispherotomy, subpial transection.

he relief is complete in 67-70% of temporal lobe epilepsy and 60-65% of extra-temporal epilepsy.

The drugs are tapered over the period of one year with the help of epileptologist.

The complications of epilepsy surgery depend upon the nature of the surgery. They can range from motor weakness, speech problems or some memory disturbances. However, in a carefully selected patient and properly performed epilepsy surgery the complication rate can be less than 2%.

Average hospital stay is 7-10 days