Open, ongoing and formal communication between every member of the care team sets the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center apart.
Each month, every member of your care team meets to review your progress. The “Epilepsy Board” can include neurologists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, registered nurses – every health care professional who is involved in your care. Working with a board-certified epileptologist and fellowship trained epilepsy surgeon, they evaluate next steps, including the following treatment options:
- Medical management through the use of prescription medication
- Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS), which uses technology similar to a heart pacemaker to help reduce seizures and decrease medication
- Surgery, which is considered on a case-by-case basis and only after a patient has been fully evaluated by neuroscience specialists on the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
If surgery is a consideration, a sophisticated WADA test, also known as an intracartoid sodium amobarital procedure, may be performed before surgery to help the team determine how close the problem area is to the brain’s speech or memory centers. This critical pre-surgery information enables surgeons to create a “roadmap” of the brain, helping to ensure that they zero in on affected areas and leave other essential areas of the brain untouched. The WADA test is performed on an outpatient basis.
Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, our Epilepsy team will develop a treatment plan that best meets the need of each patient.
For more information, please contact us at (814)534-3100.