Epilepsy Surgery

This information is useful for children and adults
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Why Yale?
  • Patients receive personalized, multidisciplinary care.
  • We are a world leader in developing new epilepsy treatments.
  • Our doctors conduct cutting-edge research which gives patients a chance to access new medications and technological advances.

Today's medications can be tremendously helpful for people with epilepsy, controlling seizures in over 60% of patients. But many others have more severe neurological disorders that cause seizures. If seizures 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. New surgical techniques, developed here at Yale, can often make all the difference. 

“Epilepsy is the only chronic neurological disease that can be cured in the operating room,” says Dennis Spencer, MD, Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor of Neurosurgery and director of Yale Medicine's Epilepsy Surgery Program. Dr. Spencer pioneered the first techniques for epilepsy surgery 30 years ago and continues to perform procedures today.

Epilepsy, a neurological disorder, is caused by abnormal overactive electrical activity in the brain. Symptoms may include episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, and/or more generalized seizures. For patients whose seizures aren't well controlled by drugs, particularly if they've tried two or more medications, identifying and ablating or stimulating the focus in the brain may be the best treatment option.