The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has earned a reputation for successfully treating patients whose seizures are unresponsive to drugs, performing 1,385 surgeries since 1986 for the treatment of epilepsy.
Surgical planning begins with an office consultation with a neurologist, followed by five to seven days of inpatient testing and observation. Diagnostic tools such as continuous EEG display, MRI, PET/CT scan, neurophsychological testing and fMRI (functional MRI) identify epileptogenic areas of the brain and allow our neurologists to map brain function.
The most frequent surgical procedure for epilepsy treatment involves resection of the seizure-generating part of the brain, most commonly found in the temporal
lobe. If the seizures do not originate from a single region of the brain, a palliative procedure may be performed to disconnect the neurological pathways responsible
for seizure spread.
Our surgeons perform 60 to 100 operations per year (more than all other area medical centers combined) with a serious permanent morbidity rate of less than one percent.