Temporal Lobe Epilepsy - A Surgical Intervention
 
 

Introduction

My name is Kevin and I have had Temporal Lobe Epilepsy all my life.  On January 17, 2003, at the age of 41, more than 2 years of medical testing came to fruition when I underwent a right temporal lobectomy, aka "brain surgery". The objective of the surgery was to eliminate or at least reduce seizures caused by "idiopathic mesial temporal sclerosis".  Those are just big words to describe temporal lobe scar tissue of unknown origin.

My intent here is to provide one person's perspective on the medical and personal decision process that led up to the surgery, and the results of that surgery.  If you're considering surgery or just starting to explore the surgical evaluation process, I hope to provide you with some useful information to help you make your decision.

No two people are in the same situation, either medically or personally, but we all share a need for information.  The more information you have, the better you'll be able to make a decision that's in your best interest.  This is a long story, and I've provided a lot of background information that's not directly related to the surgery itself, but I really wanted to indicate where my head was when I made the decision to have the surgery.

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