The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at CentraState— staffed by an experienced team of epileptologists, neurologists, registered nurses and technologists—provides the full spectrum of care to adults, adolescents, and children with epilepsy. Using state-of-the-art, specialized equipment, we provide both inpatient and outpatient diagnostic evaluations and procedures to determine your best treatment option.
Our multidisciplinary approach offers complete care and ongoing support to epilepsy patients and their families. The Epilepsy Center’s goal is to improve the quality of life and accessibility of care for people coping with seizures.
Seizure Control and Beyond
Our approach in treating patients with seizures, or suspected seizures, goes beyond the goal of seizure control. We address important quality of life issues including, but not limited to:
- Inpatient evaluation and management of patients with seizures or suspected seizures
- Outpatient evaluation and management of patients
- Medical and non-medical treatment options
- Behavioral and cognitive effects of seizures and medications
- Pregnancy and reproductive issues in seizure patients
- Everyday issues such as driving and employment
- Depression and psychiatric concerns of patients with seizures
Video EEG monitoring is the gold standard in the evaluation of patients with unexplained events of altered level of awareness and suspected seizures. This painless system records seizures on video and on a computer so that your physician can see what happens just before, during, and right after you have a seizure. This test can be very helpful in finding the specific area of your brain that the seizures may be coming from.
Video EEG may be used short-term or long-term. Short-term monitoring is done on an outpatient basis and may last up to six hours. Long-term monitoring is done in the hospital and may last three to seven days.
- Medications—can control seizures in the majority of epilepsy patients. Your physician will choose a particular medication based on the seizures you are having.
- Dietary Therapy—the ketogenic diet, a special high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, is prescribed and monitored by your physician and nutritionist and can help control seizures in some people.
- Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS)—is designed to prevent seizures by sending regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve. These pulses are supplied by a device that is something like a pacemaker.
- Epilepsy Surgery—an alternative for some people whose seizures cannot be controlled by medications.
For more information about CentraState’s Epilepsy Program, call (866) CENTRA7.