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Epilepsy Surgery

The Penn Epilepsy Center offers patients with difficult-to-manage epilepsy a comprehensive, individualized evaluation and a wide variety of surgical treatments. In selected cases, we perform specialized electroencephalography (EEG) studies with depth, subdural and grid electrodes to locate the area where seizures originate. Gordon H. Baltuch, MD, PhD and Timothy H. Lucas, MD, PhD, are neurosurgeons with expertise in epilepsy surgery and perform resective surgery, resection of the corpus callosum for atonic seizures and implantation of vagal nerve stimulators.

Epilepsy centers have been performing surgery for more than 60 years. When performed by a qualified neurosurgeon on appropriately selected patients, epilepsy surgery often can eliminate seizures. Surgical treatment involves identifying and removing the tissue that is causing seizures without damaging normal function. The objectives of surgical evaluation are to identify the area of the brain that is responsible for generating recurring seizures and to prove that it can be removed without causing unacceptable neurologic or cognitive loss.













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