State Central Third Hospital Operates the Epilepsy Surgery

2023-02-28 16:34:52

Ulaanbaatar, February 28, 2023 /MONTSAME/. Epilepsy surgery is brain surgery to stop or reduce the number of seizures you’re having or their severity. Seizures are a burst of uncontrolled electrical activity between your brain’s nerve cells, which can result in changes in awareness, muscle control (muscles may twitch or jerk), sensations, emotions, and behavior.

The surgical team of developed countries operates types of epilepsy surgeries including: 

-Laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT)- uses a laser to pinpoint and destroy a small portion of brain tissue. 

-Deep brain stimulation- use of a device placed permanently deep inside the brain. The device releases regularly timed electrical signals that disrupt seizure-inducing activity.

-Corpus callosotomy- surgery to completely or partially remove the part of the brain that connects nerves on the right and left sides of the brain. 

The average cost for epilepsy surgery is around 50,000-120,000$. Therefore, it’s not possible for all patients to go abroad and have the surgery. 

State Central Third Hospital’s Surgical Team jointly operated the epilepsy surgery with foreign surgical teams last year. They have operated 14 surgeries for now, such as Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE), Focal cortical dysplasia (FCD), Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Corpus callosotomy.

Positive results for the patients recovering from surgery include decreased complications and reduced seizure cycle by 50-60%. Even, some of them reported that they have not had seizures after the surgeries.