Laser Ablation

Laser Ablation

If your epilepsy medication is unable to control seizures, your doctor might recommend a treatment called laser ablation. This option is designed to be less invasive than traditional open craniotomy, which means you could spend less time in the hospital and recovery.

During this procedure, the surgeon makes a one-quarter-inch incision through which a laser ablation probe can be placed. The laser ablation delivers energy produced by a laser to heat the area of your brain that is causing the seizures. The surgeon references an MRI temperature map to get a real-time view of your brain so he can identify the tissue that should be destroyed and avoid healthy tissue.

When the surgery is complete, only a single stitch is needed. You will most likely be able to go home the following day, and recovery time is typically less than a week.


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