With seizures that aren't well controlled, people with epilepsy may not be able to work, drive, finish their education, or enjoy many of the activities that others take for granted. Today's medications can be tremendously helpful for many people with the condition. But others require more intervention. New surgical techniques, developed at Yale, can often make all the difference.
“Epilepsy is the only chronic neurological disease that can be cured in the operating room,” says neurologist Dennis Spencer, MD, director of the Yale Medicine Epilepsy Surgery Program. Dr. Spencer pioneered the first techniques for epilepsy surgery 30 years ago and continues to perform procedures today.