Your doctor and care team will help you decide which medications are right for you. The choice is based on many factors.
People with epilepsy may have different types of brain surgery (also called neurosurgery) to stop or reduce their seizures.
About 50% of people
who have certain kinds of surgery are still
seizure-free 10 years later
(though most of them will
still take their anti-seizure medications)
There are always risks that come with any surgery. If you talk to your doctor about epilepsy surgery, they will help you make the best decision. Talking to your doctor about the tests you may need to take, what happens in surgery, and what you can expect, will help you reach a decision.
VNS is another type of surgery meant to lessen the amount of seizures you have that can’t be controlled with medications. It uses a device to trigger the vagus nerve with electrical signals.
When activated, the device sends electrical signals along the left vagus nerve to your brainstem, which then sends signals to certain areas in your brain.
Talk to your doctor about VNS and see if it could benefit you.