Chat With a Doctor: Is Epilepsy Surgery Right for Me?
Register for Online Chat Advertising Policy Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy Do you have a question about new advances in epilepsy surgery? Imad Najm, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Epilepsy Center, Neurological Institute, and … Read More
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About epilepsy surgery
Ten years after epilepsy surgery, 68 percent of Cleveland Clinic patients who have undergone temporal lobe resection (removal of tissue) — the most common type of epilepsy surgery — continue to be seizure-free. New, increasingly effective surgical treatments are continually being developed which could open up surgical treatment options for more epilepsy patients.
The process to decide whether you are a candidate for surgery involves a thorough medical history and physical examination, including brain wave monitoring and other tests. The goal is to identify a specific source of seizures in your brain that can be safely removed without affecting important brain controlled functions.
Possible questions for this webchat
I have epilepsy — how do I know if I am a candidate for surgery?
What are some of the risks I would encounter if I had epilepsy surgery?
Are there medications I can take that are as effective as major surgery?
Dr. Najm is Director of the Epilepsy Center at the Neurological Institute. He has over 19 years experience in neuroscience, which includes conducting numerous research projects dedicated to exploring the topic of epilepsy.
Dr. Gonzalez-Martinez is a neurosurgeon with the Epilepsy Center and a member of our biomedical engineering team. His specialty interests include epilepsy surgery and medical treatment of epilepsy in children and adolescents.