Epilepsy is a neurological disorder involving recurrent seizures. It is one of the most common disorders involving the brain, affecting people regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 2.7 million Americans are affected by this condition. Taking these estimates into consideration, the need for continued development of specialized treatment centers has become an increasing necessity.
Scott & White is home to the Neuroscience Institute. One of the departments within the Institute is the Epilepsy Center. The Center has the prestigious designation as a National Association of Epilepsy Center and offers advanced epilepsy treatment to patients afflicted with this condition.
The comprehensive Epilepsy Center provides both inpatient and outpatient diagnostic evaluations of epilepsy and offers options for the appropriate course of treatment. Epilepsy surgical interventions are conducted by our specialized neurosurgeons who are experienced in multiple epilepsy surgical procedures, such as temporal and extratemporal resection, lesionectomy, and vagus nerve stimulation, among others.
The center is equipped with long-term epilepsy monitoring beds, each with a 24-hour Video EEG monitoring system. The epilepsy monitoring unit features a fully computerized digital recording system monitored by nurses with specialized training in epilepsy and EEG technicians.
Admission to the monitoring unit allows for the patients’ seizures to be recorded, characterized and localized. Our multidisciplinary team will attempt to determine the cause of the seizures if possible, and will use the available technology to establish a localization of the area of the brain where the seizure begins. The center also has capability for short-term EEG monitoring, which does not require a hospital admission.
Other special services in our center include advanced neuroimaging techniques, such as high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The results obtained from our multidisciplinary team provide the basis for a treatment plan that may consist of continued observation, prescribing a new seizure medication or modifying present medication regimen, as well as possible surgical intervention.