Replay of Neurosurgeon to Perform Epilepsy Surgery During Live Internet Broadcast

First Seen Live Webcast: March 1, 2006 at 5:00 PM EST (22:00 UTC)

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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Temporal lobectomy, a surgical procedure that involves removing parts of the temporal lobe that cause seizures, is offering hope to epilepsy patients who have not been responsive to medical therapy.

Neurologists and neurosurgeons at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center use electroencephalograms (EEG), positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the state-of-the-art Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) to pinpoint the exact origin of the disease. Surgeons then remove the scarred tissue to reduce or eliminate the seizures.

Temporal Lobe Resection

On Wednesday March 1 at 5 p.m. neurosurgeon Steven Glazier, M.D. performed a temporal lobectomy during a live internet broadcast. The surgery removed a small part of the temporal lobe, part of the brain that extends from the temples to just past the ears.

Patients must have failed at least one standard and one new medication to be considered for surgery, he said.

Temporal Lobe Resection

“We are working in high-risk territory so we use imaging tests to carefully pinpoint the origin of the seizures so that we make sure we leave the pathways for speech, movement and memory intact,” said Glazier, M.D. “Eighty percent of patients are cured with this procedure and 95 percent have a dramatic reduction of their seizures. It adds a tremendous amount to their quality of life.” Click here to read more about the procedure.

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