MRI guided laser ablation surgery (Visualase)

Epilepsy specialists at Nicklaus Children's Brain Institute were the first in the Southeast--and the second in the nation-- to offer minimally invasive laser surgery, called Visualase, for children with medically resistant pediatric epilepsy . 

This new procedure, uses a fiber optic laser to destroy seizure-producing brain tissue through a small, ¼ inch, scalp incision. The laser heats and destroys the area of abnormal brain tissue, as real-time MRI images monitor the procedure.

Who is a candidate for MRI guided laser ablation  surgery (Visualase) for epilepsy?

The Visualase procedure may be recommended for some children with seizures that don’t respond to anticonvulsant medications.

What are the advantages of MRI guided laser ablation surgery (Visualase) over other types of epilepsy surgery?

MRI guided laser ablation surgery is performed through a small incision in the skin and skull. The incision is significantly smaller than that required for standard epilepsy surgery, promoting faster recovery and minimal postoperative pain for children undergoing epilepsy surgery.