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Epilepsy Treatment Options

  • Advanced testing to confirm epilepsy diagnosis or determine another cause
  • Inpatient and outpatient diagnostic monitoring to determine the cause of seizures in children and adults
  • Acute continuous bedside EEG monitoring to guide treatment, often in the ICU when seizure is part of the reason for hospital admission
  • Specialized neuroradiological services, including epilepsy protocol 3T MRI, fMRI and Wada
  • Evaluation of individualized and targeted medication treatment effectiveness and optimization
  • Collaboration with providers in other specialties to find holistic solutions
  • Evaluation for epilepsy surgery
  • Specialized epilepsy neurosurgery
  • Neuropsychological services

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU)
This is a dedicated unit consisting of:

  • Private data recording rooms designed for your safety
  • Nearby room with real-time monitors and review stations where you'll be continuously monitored by experienced staff
  • Specially-trained nursing and technical staff to respond to seizures, issues and events 24/7

Once we have enough data to make an assessment, our epileptologists create a care plan to control your seizures and follow your progress until you're stable. If your seizures are controlled by medication, you'll work with your primary care doctor to monitor your condition. If your condition changes, you'll return to the epilepsy clinic for further evaluation. 

If your seizures don't respond to medication, you'll be evaluated for potential epilepsy surgery or stimulation device implantation and continue care with our Epilepsy Center team through surgery and confirmation that the seizures have ceased.

Surgical Treatments for Epilepsy
Surgical options fall into two categories:

  • Resection
    • Lesionectomy – Removal of abnormal lesions on the brain
    • Lobectomy – Removal of a portion of the temporal lobe or another part of the brain
  •  Device implantation
    • Vagus nerve stimulators – Implantable pulse generator placed under the skin with a lead wire running to the vagus nerve in the neck and programmed by the neurologist during subsequent visits to deliver mild pulses of electrical energy to reduce the frequency of seizures
    • Responsive neurostimulation (RNS) – New implanted brain electrode, management, programming and implantation that will be offered in the future

Treated Conditions

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