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Epilepsy is frequently encountered by neurologists and neurosurgeons: about 2.5 million people in the United States suffer from epilepsy. Of these patients, 250,000 are potential surgical candidates. However, few patients are being referred for epilepsy surgery as doctors are unaware of the surgical options.
Under the direction of Paul Camarata, MD, Jules Nazzaro, MD, and Jennifer Cheng, MD, the surgical epilepsy program offers patients various monitoring and therapeutic options for seizures. Subdural grids, depth electrodes, and monitoring strips are frequently placed to help determine the site where seizures are originating. The seizure focus can then be resected to cure epilepsy or significantly decrease the frequency of seizures.
The treatment of epilepsy begins with anti-epileptic medications. For many patients, medications alone can control seizures. However, for a significant group of patients, multiple medications still cannot control seizures. Also, side effects from anti-epileptic medications can be intolerable. These patients may be excellent candidates for epilepsy surgery. Patients are monitored in the 24-hour video EEG suites. Here, specialty trained nurses and physicians are able to monitor patients around-the-clock.
Dr. Camarata with Epilepsy Monitoring Strips