NeuroCare Brain & Spine Center
Treatment Options for Epilepsy
Individualized treatment plans are developed after the results of our
evaluation have been carefully assessed. Treatment may include:
- New drug therapies. The first line of treatment for
epilepsy is the use of anti-seizure medication along with close
monitoring to assess seizure control and medical side effects. If
seizures continue or disabling side effects occur, a second medication
is usually tried. Aurora BayCare Medical Center can enroll its patients
in clinical trials of promising medications not yet available to the
general public, that may offer hope to patients with seizures that are
particularly difficult to control.
- The Vagus Nerve Stimulator. A device that acts like
a "pacemaker for the brain" is implanted under the skin and electrodes
are wrapped around the Vagus nerve. An electrical shock is delivered to
the nerve throughout the day to control or stop seizures.
- Epilepsy surgery. The advanced operative techniques
and improved brain mapping available today make surgery a safe,
effective option that can help patients return to their normal lives.
Click on the following audio clip for more information about the
treatment options available at Aurora BayCare Medical Center: