According to one neurologist, epileptics who to undergo surgery are more likely to remain seizure-free than those who choose to stick with traditional drug treatments like Topamax. In fact, neurologist Dr. Carol Ulloa says that surgery is 75 percent more likely to leave patients seizure-free.
While she acknowledges that the surgery can be dangerous and invasive, she also notes that all surgeries offer risk. Speaking to wnep.com, Ulloa said that in three-quarters of the people who currently have epilepsy, surgery can relieve as many as 75 percent of those cases from future seizures. These days, neurologists can use a variety of scans as a means of finding out exactly which part of the brain is being directly affected by the epilepsy. This information helps the doctors know which part of the brain to remove during the surgery.
Ulloa also pointed out that one of the resulting advantages of patients having the surgery “is possibly being able to lower medications or come off of them.”
While there are a variety of anti-seizure drugs on the market today, one of the more controversial ones is Topamax. Topamax causes various birth defects in babies born to mothers who use the drug while pregnant. Some of those birth defects include PPHN, oral clefts, neural tube defects and spina bifida. Some babies also experience heart, lung and brain defects as well. It is for this reason that many doctors are hoping to find newer and safer ways of treating epileptic women, and this surgery may just prove to be the cure. However, surgery is also dangerous and can pose dangers of its own, but at least it is a start.
If your baby was born with birth defects after in-utero exposure to Topamax, contact attorney Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I am experienced at fighting Topamax lawsuits and may be able to help you recover money for your child’s injuries.
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