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Saturday 24 August 2019
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Epilepsy Surgery

Epilepsy Surgery

The well-established epilepsy surgery programme at Salford Royal Hospital comprises a multidisciplinary group of health care professionals who specialise in investigation and treatment of epilepsy. The team includes specialist neurologists, a neurosurgeon, neuroradiologists, specialist nurses, neurophysiology (EEG), a neuropsychiatrist and neuropsychologists.


The team regularly meet to discuss patients who are considering and undergoing investigations for epilepsy surgery.


To help patients and clinicians decide if surgery is appropriate to reduce or stop seizures, patients are asked to undergo a number of investigations. These investigations include an MR scan, EEG, video telemetry and neuropsychological assessment.


Other pre-surgical assessments are sometimes recommended, for example, other neuropsychological investigations (fMRI, Wada test), additional scans and other ways of recording seizure activity.


Neuropsychology Assessment

The pre-surgical neuropsychological assessment includes an investigation of thinking abilities including memory. It is also an opportunity to discuss the patient’s thoughts about surgery, any emotional issues and issues that may affect quality of life or that may be related to epilepsy.


Following surgery, patients are reviewed by the specialist team at regular intervals. Neuropsychological review is routinely offered to patients for five years following surgery. At twelve months after surgery, patients are asked to undertake a repeat neuropsychological assessment.


Therapy and Advice

Cognitive problems such as poor memory and emotional difficulties such as anxiety and depression are experienced by some people with epilepsy. As part of our neuropsychology service we offer individual therapy and advice to patients.


For information on referrals to the Epilepsy Surgery Service, please click here.