On World Brain Day the neurology team of Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Hyderabad, said that they had successfully completed 500 epilepsy surgeries on eligible patients. The surgeries were performed by a team headed by Dr. Manas Kumar Panigrahi and Dr. Sita Jayalakshmi.
Epilepsy is characterized by recurrent, involuntary seizures and is described as a chronic neurological disorder. It occurs due to a disturbed brain function. This arises due to different causes which varies from person to person.
Upto 60% of all epileptics suffer from focal epilepsy syndromes, according to Dr. Sita Jayalakshmi. Medicines cannot adequately control seizures for approximately 15% of patients thus making them potential candidates for surgical treatment. This group is made up of those who are 18 years old and below.
According to medical professionals, surgery can result in either freedom from seizures or a marked reduction in seizures. "Thanks to advanced technology, outcomes of such surgeries have improved vastly over the years," said KIMS doctors. "Early intervention improves quality of life, cognitive and developmental outcome allowing patients to lead normal life."
Dr. B. Bhaskar Rao said for eligible epileptics, surgery should be offered as a procedure of choice, rather than as a treatment of last resort. Doctors involved in the surgeries include neuroradiologist Dr. Ram Mohan, nuclear medicine specialists Dr. Pushpalatha Sudhakar and Praveen Kumar Singa, pathologist Dr. Sailaja Madugubba and others.