EPILEPSY TREATMENT

After discussing your medical history, diagnostic tests and neurological examinations your doctor will develop and discuss your treatment plan which may include the following.

Medication

The goal of treating epilepsy is to enable people to lead full and unrestricted lives with no seizures or side effects. Antiepileptic drugs (anticonvulsants) are used to help control seizures.

Surgery

Surgery is an option for people whose seizures cannot be controlled by medications. There is no guarantee that surgery will be successful but in most cases it is beneficial to patients who have seizures associated with structural brain abnormalities (such as brain tumors, malformations of blood vessels, and stroke). The most common type of surgery associated with epilepsy is the removal of the area of the brain that causes seizures.

Vagal Nerve Stimulation

Vagal Nerve Stimulation may be considered as a part of the treatment plan if indicated. This is a small pacemaker-like device placed under the skin to periodically stimulate the vagus nerve in the side of the neck with a small amount of electrical current. This process reduces seizure frequency and severity.