Is epilepsy curable with surgery?

Is epilepsy curable with surgery?

The outcomes of epilepsy surgery vary depending on the type of surgery performed. The expected outcome is seizure control with medication. The most common and best-understood procedure — resection of tissue in the temporal lobe — results in seizure-free outcomes for about two-thirds of people.

Are alpha waves good for brain?

Alpha waves play an important role in brain activity and research suggests that they may be beneficial for reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Neurofeedback is one approach that can allow you to induce these brain waves to a certain extent.

How do you reduce alpha brain waves?

Caffeine is the most consumed drug on the planet. Like alcohol, caffeine temporarily lowers alpha brainwaves, so consume wisely.

Does epilepsy surgery change your personality?

In 7 out of 11 studies, after surgery the epileptic patients showed more adaptive per- sonality traits, a decrease in scales of neuroticism, impulsivity, hypo- chondriasis, paranoidism or increase in control scales. One study showed less appropriate management of emotions.

Does epilepsy shorten your life?

Epilepsy can shorten life, but most of the time it does not. Be aware of risks and take sensible precautions, but do not let the risks put you into a state of constant worry. Consult with your doctor for specific information about your risk factors for injury due to seizures.

What is the success rate of epilepsy surgery?

The specific effectiveness of surgery varies depending on the type of seizures that a person has and the specific surgical procedure. According to the Epilepsy Society, 70% of people who have temporal lobe surgery become seizure-free, with 50% remaining seizure-free after 10 years.

What do alpha waves indicate in an EEG?

Alpha waves are seen in the electroencephalogram (EEG) during a normal wakeful state where the subject is quietly resting. Beta EEG are present when a person is alert/attentive and thinking actively. Theta rhythm (Stage 1) of sleep is present during the transition from wakefulness to sleep.

What is the average lifespan of someone with epilepsy?

These studies suggest a shortening of life expectancy in people with epilepsy, the extent of which is not known precisely. Certain authors (Carroll and Barnes, 2002) suggest this shortening to be of the order of 1–2 years if the epilepsy is well controlled and up to 5 years for very severe refractory epilepsy.

Does epilepsy cause memory loss?

Any type of epileptic seizure could potentially affect your memory, either during or after a seizure. If you have lots of seizures, memory problems might happen more often. Some people have generalised seizures that affect all of the brain.