Bilateral Cingulotomy Side Effects

Bilateral cingulotomy side effects are typical of most head interventions and include symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and headaches. Some patients have seizures up to two months post-surgery, but it is unclear whether this can be attributed to the surgery alone because of patients' prior seizure histories. Other side effects may include difficulty focusing and sustaining attention and decreased executive functioning.

Fast Facts:

  • Typical recovery time is four days though some patients have been released from the hospital as little as 48 hours after the procedure.
  • Bilateral cingulotomies are more effective and have fewer side effects than the old style of lobotomy.
  • In a case study of 44 patients who had undergone bilateral cingulotomies, examiners at Massachusetts General Hospital noted these complaints of side effects from the patients: a decrease in memory and apathy, urinary disturbance, and hydrocephalus seizures.