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What to Expect After My Epilepsy Treatment

While every procedure will have it’s own recovery, here’s a general idea of what you can expect after epilepsy treatment.

Various procedures, such as resection, laser ablation, responsive neurostimulation (RNS), vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and deep brain stimulation (DBS) can be used to treat epilepsy. Depending on your specific type of epilepsy, seizure focus location in your brain, and your lifestyle, you and your epilepsy care team will determine which option is the best for you and your situation. 

Your recovery period, and return to your day-to-day life, will vary depending on the type of treatment procedure you undergo. The minimally invasive procedures, such as laser ablation, may mean a shorter recovery time and reduced pain. RNS, VNS and DBS procedures require the stimulation devices to be fine-tuned to your specific seizure activity, and typically become more effective as time goes on. Overall, you should speak extensively with your epileptologist and neurosurgeon before your treatment procedure to ensure that you understand what the recovery process will be like and how effective the procedure will be for your specific situation.

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Content reviewed for accuracy by Dr. Jiyeoun Yoo, MD, FAES, FACNS 

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