Epilepsy Surgery

What is epilepsy surgery?

Epilepsy surgery is any type of brain surgery where parts of the brain are removed, disconnected, destroyed, or stimulated to stop seizures. There are many different types of epilepsy surgeries. Which procedure is used depends upon the type of seizures…

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Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)

How does the brain control heart rate, digestion, sweating, speech, chewing, and the gag reflex? Though these functions seem unrelated, they’re all controlled by the vagus nerve – a long fiber that connects the brain to the throat, heart, and…

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Corpus Callosotomy

What Is a Corpus Callosotomy? The corpus callosum is a band of nerve fibers located deep in the brain that connects the two halves (hemispheres) of the brain. It helps the hemispheres share information, but it also contributes to the…

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Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

Children who are not eligible for surgery, or who have had limited surgical success, often attempt the ketogenic diet or vagal nerve stimulation (VNS). A newer approach targets the source of the seizure, using magnets or electricity to stimulate the…

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