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Epilepsy surgery: paediatric

Published on 07 February 2024

The Paediatric Epilepsy Surgery Service provides care for children up to the age of 16 with intractable epilepsy. The service is located in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh.

What is paediatric epilepsy surgery?

Epilepsy surgery is a treatment for some people whose seizures cannot be controlled by medications. Surgery is undertaken to help stop seizures, or reduce their frequency.

The service uses a networked approach to deliver care. Children are referred to a national team of experts. The team supports the decision-making process around treatment options for children and young people with drug-resistant or difficult to control epilepsy.

Eligible children and young people will follow the Scottish Paediatric Epilepsy Network's 'Continuing Epileptic Seizures Care Pathway', before receiving consideration by the national epilepsy team.

You can learn more about the condition on the Scottish Paediatric Epilepsy Network website.