For some patients with drug-resistant epilepsy surgical removal of the region of brain that is causing their seizures can be an effective treatment. However, referrals for epilepsy surgery by general neurologists are nationally recognized to be much lower that would be expected from the prevalence of drug-resistant epilepsy. The detailed review of pre-surgical work-up data that is conducted in our multidisciplinary conference by a team that includes epileptologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists, and social work, provides an ideal forum to educate neurologists and health care providers about which patients would be good candidates to refer for pre-surgical evaluation.
Allied Health Care Professionals
- Identify which patients with drug-resistant epilepsy are likely to benefit from non-pharmacological treatment options
- Apply an appropriate battery of diagnostic tools to evaluate the patient for non-pharmacological treatment, including invasive intracranial EEG studies when necessary
- Counsel the patient effectively on the suitability of different types of epilepsy surgery, Vagus Nerve Stimulation or Responsive Neurostimulation based on likely outcomes.
Activity Director: Manoj Raghavan, MD, PhD
Sara Swanson, PhD
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