Epilepsy and Seizures

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about epilepsy and seizures.

What are the risks and side effects of epilepsy surgery?

Dr. Barbara Phillips discusses the risks and side effects of epilepsy surgery. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


The risks of a temporal lobectomy include problems with memory and speech. Infection and stroke are also possible risks, but they occur less than 1 percent of the time. Most people report a small amount of trouble with memory or speech after surgery, but for the most part, they can speak.

Source: Barbara Phillips, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Arshi Naz, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute