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Old 02-24-2013, 12:49 PM
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Question Frontal Lobe Epilepsy and surgery?


Does anyone know if the frontal lobe is a place they can do epilepsy surgery, or should I give up the surgery dream?

In other news, it is SO good to be home! I was so stir crazy after my stay that me and Hubs went out to lunch and then browsed a couple of stores before going home. I got a new book and a couple of new shirts (they were on our shopping list). So that was nice. Normally I go to church, but I wanted to sleep in today, so Hubs went without me. So here I am at home.
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Diagnosed in 1997 with Temporal Lobe seizures.
Recent VEEG shows they are actually coming from the Frontal Lobe.
Intractable Simple and Complex Partial seizures, and rarely, Atonic seizures.
Treatment: Lamictal (200 am/100 dinner/200 pm), and Vimpat (100 am//100 dinner/200 pm).
My name is Josie.

"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." --Matthew 6:34

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A Frontal Lobectomy is possible, but the results are not as good as a temporal lobectomy, according to this:http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/frontal_lobectomy
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:08 PM
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So then it is probably a last resort option, I take it? Checking out the link. Thanks!
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Diagnosed in 1997 with Temporal Lobe seizures.
Recent VEEG shows they are actually coming from the Frontal Lobe.
Intractable Simple and Complex Partial seizures, and rarely, Atonic seizures.
Treatment: Lamictal (200 am/100 dinner/200 pm), and Vimpat (100 am//100 dinner/200 pm).
My name is Josie.

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Old 02-24-2013, 01:14 PM
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If you've tried many meds and none have controlled your seizures at all, then yes, it is a last resort, IMO. There are multiple risks to brain surgery!

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The frontal lobes are responsible for certain kinds of behavior, and patients who have a frontal lobectomy risk experiencing changes in this behavior. Personality, motivation, the ability to plan and follow a process with several steps, the ability to organize actions over time, social graces, and the ability to behave appropriately for the social situation are the areas of behavior that may be affected. Some mild changes in these areas may have begun before the surgery, as a result of the seizures that began in the frontal lobes.

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Yeah, that part definitely puts me off. Hoping the Vimpat and Lamictal are enough! =/
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Diagnosed in 1997 with Temporal Lobe seizures.
Recent VEEG shows they are actually coming from the Frontal Lobe.
Intractable Simple and Complex Partial seizures, and rarely, Atonic seizures.
Treatment: Lamictal (200 am/100 dinner/200 pm), and Vimpat (100 am//100 dinner/200 pm).
My name is Josie.

"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." --Matthew 6:34
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