A temporal lobectomy is a common way to describe when a neurosurgeon removes a portion of the temporal lobe. Depending on what specific part of the temporal lobe is excised, the term can change, for example, an anterior temporal lobectomy removes the anterior portion of the temporal lobe. When a neurosurgeon removes a portion of the hippocampus and amygdala, which is located in the temporal lobe, it is called an amygdalohippocampectomy.
Both a temporal lobectomy and an amygdalohippocampectomy are procedures used in the treatment of seizures due to epilepsy. A temporal lobectomy is a general term that means to remove a seizure-causing part of the brain located in the temporal lobe. If the epileptic seizures reside in the amygdala and hippocampus, the surgery is then called an amygdalohippocampectomy.
When treatment using seizure medications called anti-epileptic drugs, commonly referred to as AEDs, fails to work or side effects are too severe when using them, our doctors will explore the benefits of surgery with our epileptic patients. Our award-winning neurosurgeons at NSPC are highly-skilled in innovative techniques, such as temporal lobectomy or amygdalohippocampectomy, in order to increase the quality of life for our epileptic clients.
If you are in the New York area and are considering surgery as an option and want to consult with one of our fellowship-trained doctors, please schedule a consultation today. We can help you through the process of going over pros and cons when deciding if surgery is a viable option to limit or halt your seizures.
Our patients see great results when choosing surgery to help control and eliminate seizures. Between 70 and 90 percent of all patients who undergo these surgeries have successful results in curing their epilepsy. Let our board-certified neurosurgeons assist you in deciding if this is the best choice for you.
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