Hemispherectomy is a neurological surgical procedure that involves the removal of one hemisphere of the brain. This procedure is usually performed on patients who suffer from severe epilepsy or neurological conditions that are unresponsive to medication. Hemispherectomy is a complex surgery that involves the disconnection and removal of half of the brain. It is a last-resort option for people who have not responded to medication or other treatments. In recent years, hemispherectomy has become an increasingly common treatment for children with severe epilepsy, as it has been shown to significantly reduce the number of seizures they experience. The procedure has also been used successfully to treat some cases of cerebral palsy, brain tumors and other neurological conditions. While hemispherectomy is a highly effective treatment, it is not without risks. The procedure can lead to cognitive or functional impairments, speech and language problems, and visual disturbances. However, most patients who undergo hemispherectomy experience significant improvements in their quality of life, including a reduction in seizures and an improvement in their ability to perform everyday tasks. In addition to hemispherectomy, there are many other neurological therapies and treatments available that can help patients manage their condition and improve their quality of life. These include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and medication. If you or someone you know is struggling with a neurological condition, it is important to consult with a qualified medical professional to explore all available treatment options.

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Editor-in-chief: Zheng Jiang, Department of Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Publication Type: Open Access Journal
Description: The brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up the nervous system. Together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses, or mood.