Ludhiana doctor introduces surgery for people with epilepsy in the city

A Ludhiana-based doctor, Manas Panigrahi, has said that surgery to treat epilepsy will now be available in the city for the first time.

Earlier the surgery on epilepsy patients were performed only in Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Bengaluru, and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi.

Now, a Ludhiana hospital has introduced this surgery in the city. This is the first city in the state of Punjab to do so.

Doctors claim the surgery has many benefits. It provides freedom from seizure, reverses disability, reduces the burden of anti-epileptic medication, and decreases long-term morbidity and mortality.

The aim of epilepsy surgery is to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from refractory seizure disorder, who have tried a number of epilepsy medicines and are still having seizures.

All epilepsy surgery involves the brain. The operations usually involve the removal of epileptogenic tissue from the area where seizures arise or interruption of nerve pathways along which seizure impulses spread.

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