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Survey of epilepsy centers shows changing landscape in epilepsy surgery

Epilepsy surgery is a very effective intervention for patients with treatment resistant epilepsy. The most successful and most common epilepsy surgery is temporal lobectomy, which produces seizure freedom in approximately two-thirds of patients. The strongest candidates for this type of surgery are those who have had treatment resistant epilepsy which includes 30-40 percent of all epilepsy cases. Even with this clear benefit, epilepsy specialists report that the overall number of surgeries in adults, as well as the number of temporal lobectomies, has decreased from their peaks.
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