Expectations prior to epilepsy surgery: An exploratory comparison of men and women

C. M. Bower, R. D. Hays, O. Devinsky, S. S. Spencer, M. R. Sperling, S. Haut, S. Vassar, B. G. Vickrey

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Although the clinical goal of resective epilepsy surgery is seizure freedom, patients have a wide set of expectations for this invasive procedure. The goal of this study was to evaluate potential gender differences in expectations among patients undergoing resective epilepsy surgery. Ratings of the importance of 12 potential impacts ("expectations") of resective surgery were analyzed in a seven-center cohort study including 389 adults aged 16 and older who underwent resective epilepsy surgery. Men and women both ranked anticipated changes in driving and memory as the most important presurgical expectations. Women rated driving, physical activity limitations, and economic worries as less important, and fatigue and pregnancy concerns as more important than did men (p's ≤ 0.05). Exploratory factor analysis indicated a different pattern of associations among the 12 importance items for men and women. Whether gender differences in presurgical values are associated with outcomes needs exploration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)228-231
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2009


  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Expectations
  • Gender
  • Health-related quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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