WFRV: Laser Surgery to Treat Epilepsy

August 22, 2016 03:30 PM

Three million Americans have epilepsy, a disorder that causes unexpected seizures. When the condition can't be controlled by medication, brain surgery is sometimes an option. Now a less invasive laser surgery is available for some patients who would otherwise have little relief. It's called Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy, or LITT. Enrique Feoli, M.D., a neurologist at HackensackUMC says LITT, says a laser is used to burn or destroy a lesion that causes epilepsy. Doctors made a small incision in the scalp and create a tiny opening in the skull. A laser catheter is placed into the brain lesion using MRI imaging.

 

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