28 November 2014
Having surgery to treat epilepsy in a safe and low-risk option, but few sufferers choose to opt for it. This is according to a new study by the Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg, which also found that patients have to wait a long time for presurgical counseling.
Based on the Swedish National Epilepsy Surgery Register, the report found that there were just 865 patients who had undergone the procedure between 1996 and 2010. The surgery enables a person suffering with the severe epilepsy to be free of seizures, or at least to minimise their frequency so the patient can enjoy a better quality of life.
Just three per cent of patients suffered lasting complications, while the study indicated that this was on a downward trend. A similar study based on the same register found that more than 60 per cent of adults were free of seizures for between five and ten years after surgery.
Despite the encouraging data, only 50-60 procedures are performed in Sweden every year, which could be down to the long waiting time for presurgical counseling, the study suggests.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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