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Old 12-21-2013, 07:30 PM
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How does surgery ( not brain surgery) affect your seizures


If anyone has had to have surgery ( ie tonsils or anything else that was non e related) how did it affect your seizures?
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Old 12-21-2013, 07:50 PM
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I've had my share of surgeries over the years, from burns and skin grafts to gall bladder and never had any seizures while in the hospital or during recovering. Don't know if I had one while I was under anesthesia, they never said if I did.
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Old 12-21-2013, 07:53 PM
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I've had a hysterectomy and back surgery and I don't think that either caused any difference in the seizures.

If you've had surgery and started having more seizures then it might be from one of the meds that you are taking for the surgery or something that they used on you during the surgery. I'd ask your neurologist about it. If it's from one of the meds that you are on then it may need to be changed.
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Old 12-22-2013, 01:40 AM
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I had to have my tonsils removed later in life.They didn't affect my seizures in 2005
I was having problems swollowing.
I also had a lumbar in 2009 and it didn't effect my seizures either.
Had surgery on my shoulder didn't have any problems having seizures.
The only time I had problem having seizures was when I broke my nose and went status on the operating table when I was a teenager.
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Old 12-22-2013, 01:47 AM
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I had several surgeries on my eyes and ears that are not E related. I had no E problems relating to surgery but i do worry that the anesthetic which causes brain loss can not help. though i did not have notable effects yet.
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:48 PM
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Good to know-thanks guys! We are looking at removing my daughters tonsils and adenoids to help improve her seizures (sleep disruption from apnea and obstructed airways etc) and one of the things i was worried about was whether the surgery itself could trigger seizures.

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I had a 16 hour back surgery after I started having seizures but before I was diagnosed. I was on Neurotin for nerve pain before the surgery and it was stopped abruptly and I don't recall any increase in seizures.
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Old 12-22-2013, 05:53 PM
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for the record; the last surgery i had (6 months ago) on my hand, i had them use LOCAL anesthetic only and stay awake. it was cool and no brain loss, ie. hang-over from the drugs.
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