A brain procedure, corpus callostomy consists of making cuts in the corpus callosum. This is done to stop electrical impulses from moving across the corpus callosum that can provoke seizures.
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Conditions Treated with Corpus Callostomy:
Corpus callostomy is utilized to treat epilepsy, a seizure disorder.
Non-surgical alternatives to corpus callostomy include taking anticonvulsant medications or following a ketogenic diet. Additionally, surgical alternatives include temporal lobectomy, extratemporal cortical resection, awake extratemporal cortical resection and vagus nerve stimulation.
Anesthesia with Corpus Callostomy:
Corpus callostomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Corpus Callostomy:
Possible risks of corpus callostomy include infection, intracranial bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. It is also possible for patients to experience loss of memory, loss of coordination, trouble speaking, brain swelling, or stroke following the procedure.
Prognosis after Corpus Callostomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following corpus callostomy is good. The procedure is effective most of the time in preventing high-risk seizures.
Recovery from Corpus Callostomy:
The total recovery time for corpus callostomy is six to eight weeks.