Friday, July 8, 2011

Temporal Lobectomy

A temporal lobectomy is a surgical procedure to remove part of the temporal lobe to eliminate or alleviate temporal lobe epilepsy. Approximately between 70 and 75% of patients that have undergone a temporal lobectomy are free of seizures. During surgery, a small portion of the temporal lobe is removed. Depending on how much tissue is removed, the surgery may have different names: temporal lobectomy, tailored temporal lobe resection, or selective amygdalohippocampectomy. The techniques for removing temporal lobe tissue vary from resection of large amounts of tissue, including lateral temporal cortex along with medial structures, to more restricted anterior temporal lobectomy (ATL) to more restricted removal of only the medial structures (selective amygdalohippocampectomy).

Temporal Lobectomy Epilepsy Surgery