Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Epilepsy: Anterior Temporal Lobectomy
Anterior temporal lobectomy is the removal of part of one of the
brain's temporal lobes. It is the most common type of surgery for
Anterior temporal lobectomy is used to treat people with
temporal lobe epilepsy, the most common type of
epilepsy in adults, when antiepileptic medicines fail to control
seizures. Temporal lobe epilepsy usually causes
complex partial seizures that begin in the temporal lobe.
For a person who has seizures that do not get better with
antiepileptic medicines, anterior temporal lobectomy may be a good option.
Having surgery may help control epilepsy better than if the person were to keep
trying antiepileptic medicines.1
Engel J Jr, et al. (2003, reaffirmed 2005). Practice parameter:
Temporal lobe and localized neocortical resections for epilepsy. Report of the
Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology, in
association with the American Epilepsy Society and the American Association of
Neurological Surgeons. Neurology, 60(4):
Current as of:
March 12, 2014
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Alamance Regional Medical Center1240 Huffman Mill RoadBurlington, NC 27215336-538-7000
©2014 Alamance Regional Medical Center
• All Rights Reserved •