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Epilepsy Surgery May Help Sufferers to Retain Cognitive Function

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Epilepsy affects nearly 3 million people in the United States, with about 200,000 new cases being diagnosed every year. Because someone who suffers from epilepsy may be unable to work, the condition can lead to the need for long-term disability. Disability benefits can help those who are undergoing treatment and finding a way to get their epilepsy under control.

In some unfortunate cases, epilepsy is resistant to drug treatment. If this happens, an epileptic patient is at risk of their cognitive abilities beginning to deteriorate.

A study has shown that memory loss may be recovered by epilepsy surgery. Participants in a study at Sahlgrenska University Hospital were given either medication or underwent surgery. Those who received the medication had difficulties with:

  • memory;
  • attention;
  • mental processing; and
  • intellectual capabilities.

Cognitive abilities for epileptic patients who underwent surgery did not show a decline; in fact, some showed improvement in memory. This indicates that epilepsy surgery may be more beneficial to those who are dealing with this condition.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with epilepsy or another serious condition that leaves you unable to work, you may qualify for long-term disability benefits. Contact a long-term disability representative who can help you through the process of determining eligibility and applying for disability benefits.

If you or someone you love has been denied long-term disability benefits, contact the Disability Help Group. Our disability representatives have experience with cross-examining medical and vocational experts and take time when speaking with you about your case. Call us today at 1-(800)-800-3332 for a FREE consultation.