Before surgery

Surgery for epilepsy is a big step, so you need to prepare for it carefully. 

If you work, tell your employer that you are expected to need three months to recover. You will also need to consider what will happen financially. If you are working, check that your employer will pay you sick pay while you recover and until you are back at work. 

If you receive benefits, consider what would happen if the operation were successful and you become seizure free. While nothing would happen immediately, in the long term, there is the possibility that you would not continue to qualify for benefits you had received in the past. It is important to think about your options before you have surgery. Would you want to return to work, or further education? If you have not worked for a period of time, these choices can be daunting. The epilepsy surgery team is familiar with these issues and would be happy to discuss these with you.

You could also contact the following people for advice:

Accommodation for relatives

We realise that you may not live in the Southampton area. If a family member or friend wishes to stay close by, the main hospital reception can send you a list of local bed and breakfast/hotel accommodation. 

There is very limited accommodation on the hospital site in Mellor House.  

Find out more about the assessment process for epilepsy surgery and what to expect after surgery.