Patients with intractable epilepsy have seizures that are difficult to control with medication. These uncontrolled seizures are a serious health condition that be potentially life-threatening.
But there is hope for patients with intractable epilepsy. The UCLA Epilepsy Program is a unique program that offers multiple approaches for treating patients, from traditional surgery to innovative nonsurgical approaches and newer minimally invasive procedures.
Does epilepsy treatment always involve surgery?
The people who can most benefit from an epilepsy center are often not referred to one. Jerome Engel, Jr., MD, PhD, director of the UCLA Seizure Disorder Center, explains that many referring physicians mistakenly assume that an epilepsy center focuses exclusively on surgery. So doctors who feel their patients don’t want or aren’t candidates for surgery may decline to refer their patients.
However, today’s innovative epilepsy centers offer surgery alongside an array of other types of treatments.
First step: Get to the bottom of it
When you come to the UCLA Seizure Disorder Center, a team of specialists performs a full evaluation using the latest technology. Results may determine:
What’s new in epilepsy surgery?
After your evaluation, you and your healthcare team may decide that surgery is the best option for your long-term health. Surgeons at UCLA’s Seizure Disorder Center perform procedures that stop seizures in a high percentage of cases with minimal or no side effects. And with recent surgical advances, more patients are candidates for these life-altering procedures than ever before.
Epilepsy surgery is not a one-size-fits-all solution, however. In addition to traditional epilepsy surgery – typically a resection surgery, where the surgeon removes the part of the brain causing the seizures – there are new approaches you may be a candidate for:
For more information on our innovative approach to epilepsy care for adults and children, visit the UCLA Epilepsy Program.
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