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Pediatric Hemispherectomy Surgical Treatment For Epilepsy

In a live webcast on Wednesday, October 4 at 3:00 p.m. (CDT), surgeons at the Neuroscience Institute at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center will perform a pediatric hemispherectomy.

A hemispherectomy is a combination of surgical removal and disconnection of one half of the brain. The surgery is performed in children who have a damaged cerebral hemisphere causing epilepsy.

In many cases, especially with children, the remaining functioning portion of the brain takes over the tasks that were previously controlled by the portion of the brain that has been removed. This often leads to increased quality of life and elimination of seizures.

The procedure will be performed by Dr. Frederick Boop, Medical Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center. Dr. James Wheless, Medical Director of the Neuroscience Institute at Le Bonheur will host the program and answer your e-mail questions.

The Le Bonheur Neuroscience Institute serves as a regional and national center for the evaluation and treatment of infants, children and adolescents with neurological disorders. The Neuroscience Institute comprises a variety of services including the brain tumor program, neurosurgery, Level IV Epilepsy Center and care for children with traumatic brain injury and sleep disorders. With expertly skilled neurosurgeons and neurologists, Le Bonheur is one of only a few pediatric centers in the country able to perform this procedure. In addtion, Le Bonheur Neuroscience Institute is home to the largest surgical brain tumor program in the country and has among the highest gross resection rates in the country.

Founded in 1952, Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center is the Mid-South's first and only comprehensive pediatric medical facility, with 225 beds and a medical staff of more than 500. More than 130,000 children throughout the region are treated annually on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Children are referred to Le Bonheur from all over the United States and throughout the world.



Frederick Boop

Frederick Boop, MD

Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center

James Wheless

James Wheless, MD

Medical Director of the Neuroscience Institute Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center