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mikaela24 (@mikaela24)

Anyone had Deep Brain Stimulation for Epilepsy?

Epilepsy & Seizures | Last Active: Mar 2, 2020 | Replies (4)

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@colleenyoung

Hi @mikaela24, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. While we wait for others to join the discussion, you may be interested in this video with Dr. Jamie Van Gompel, a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic. He explains how deep brain stimulation is being used to control seizures for some epilepsy patients.

DBS does hold promise, but I can understand your wanting to learn more from others about it first. What specific questions might you have?

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I am mainly worried about how safe it would be for me as I've had 3 other brain surgeries. When Dr. Van Gompel met with my family and me, he explained it would be my best option as I've been dealing with epilepsy off and on since I was 18 months old. I then read his notes later and he said something about hypothalamic atrophy and how this can raise possibility of missing the target if I were to do the surgery. So I guess if the target were to be missed, would it be likely of something being badly damaged. I've already had a stroke and gained a learning disorder from 2 of 3 of my brain surgeries. I know that there is only a 5% of something really happening but I already have so much brain damage and don't want to go in for more. And for those who have done it, is it very helpful?