Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta



the brain is composed of billions of cells called neurons they release electrical impulses these impulses send messages that tell different parts of the body what to do if a person has epilepsy some neurons may fire too rapidly and randomly send many messages at the same time this overwhelms the brain and causes seizures to reduce or stop seizures a pediatric neurosurgeon may perform a two-part surgery to begin the first surgery the surgeon will make an incision in the scalp which is the skin on the head a section of bone will be removed from the skull so the brain can be seen the surgeon will place a grid with electrodes on to the brain the electrodes will stay on the brain until the second surgery to end the first surgery the surgeon will put the bone flap back in place and close the scalp with staples the head will be wrapped with a bandage after the first surgery the child will stay in the hospital connected to a video EEG over the next few days the seizure activity in the brain will be monitored 24 hours a day during this time a pediatric epileptologists will work with the neurosurgeons to find the location of the seizure activity in the brain if that part of the brain can be removed without interrupting important functions like speech and movement the neurosurgeon will perform another surgery to remove it during the second surgery the neurosurgeon will open the scalp and remove the bone again the electrodes will help the surgeon find the part of the brain where the seizures are coming from then the part of the brain causing the seizures will be removed after removing that part of the brain the surgeon will reattach the bone flap to the skull then the scalp will be closed with sutures the child will remain in the hospital for several more days to recover

10 Comments

  1. There should be another way of solving this problem rather then these series of traumatic invasions into child's brain.

  2. My son is 7.years old..he is on medicine from 3years of age ..but seizures are not stopped… Is it safe for him

  3. Can you please make video health video

  4. Get well soon as soon

    And

    Take care

    Every one

    Thanks to.information

  5. Hello I am an Arab and I am from Iraq! Do you allow me to upload your videos and translate them into my language and publish them on my page and mention the name of your channel on the clip! do you agree? ر

  6. What if you don’t have a seizure for a long time ?

  7. I'm having surgery

  8. Does that part of the brain grows back?

  9. After watching this video, the first thing I though was: so that's what they did to Abby……….

  10. My mom works at children's healthcare of Atlanta 😃 Love you mom 😘

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