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After we complete the noninvasive diagnostic tests (PET, MEG, MRI, SISCOM and neuropsychological testing) that determine if your child is a candidate for surgery, we will arrange to have your child return for the second treatment phase. One-step surgeries include corpus callosotomy and hemispherectomy. Other surgeries, involving resection, or taking out, of the epileptic focus area, may involve two surgeries:
During this surgical procedure, electrodes on a very light transparent sheet are gently placed on the surface of the brain to get an accurate reading of the brain’s activity. The electrodes remain in place for a few days to a few weeks so that VEEG recording and other testing can be done. The data are used by the team to verify the location of seizure activity. The electrode placement also allows the team to “map” areas of the brain, locating important functional areas such as motor, sensory and speech. The epilepsy team can then develop a surgical plan that will potentially remove the area or areas causing seizures while leaving important functional areas untouched.
To contact the Epilepsy Surgery Center at Cincinnati Children's, call 513-636-4222 or 1-800-344-2462, ext. 4222.
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