RisksBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Your risks may vary, depending on which variety of epilepsy surgery is used and the portion of your brain that's involved:
Aug. 28, 2015
- Memory problems. The temporal lobe handles memory and language functions, so surgery on this part of the brain may cause difficulties with remembering, understanding and speaking.
- Behavioral changes. Surgery to the frontal lobe may affect behavior, including motivation, attention or concentration, as well as impulse control, depression and mood changes.
- Double vision. Temporary double vision sometimes develops after temporal lobe surgery. Vision problems may also occur with occipital lobe surgery.
- Reduced visual field. Epilepsy surgery may result in a reduced visual field.
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