A Specialized Epilepsy Center


A specialized Epilepsy Center offers advanced tests to help diagnose which form of medication or type of treatment will work best for seizures. When medications fail, safe surgical options are considered, including minimally invasive laser ablation and neuromodulation.

In September 2012, a Level 4 Epilepsy Center surgically removed the focus of my seizures. My seizures ENDED immediately, my recovery was easy, and my memory had the ability to rehabilitate! I am no longer living in fear and prevented the possibility of SUDEP.  An Epilepsy Center surgically cured my epilepsy!

The focal point of my seizures was pinpointed at an Epilepsy Center in their epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU). They offer advanced diagnostic tools and tests to locate the origin of seizures. An Epilepsy Center provides a comprehensive team approach to diagnose and treat epilepsy. Everyone with epilepsy owes it to themselves to have a single evaluation at an Epilepsy Center to ensure they are receiving the most advanced care offered to prevent seizures.  Learn about an EMU/Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in the video "How an Epilepsy Center Can Help"  here:

National Association of Epilepsy Centers

How an Epilepsy Center Can Help

Utilizing a minimally invasive surgical treatment is a wonderful opportunity to support brain health.  Since 2014, laser ablation has been used with increased frequency as an alternative to open brain surgery, as I had.  Since the laser entrance is only about the width of a pencil, it offers a quick recovery.

Approximately one-third of people with epilepsy seizures are NOT well-controlled with medicine alone.  If you continue to have seizures despite treatment for more than a year or after the trial of two medications, seek advanced care at an Epilepsy Center.

An Epilepsy Center provides progressive medical care.

Anyone can go to an Epilepsy Center for an evaluation to ensure they are receiving the most advanced care available to treat seizures. 

It is vital to prevent SUDEP.  https://www.cdc.gov/epilepsy/about/sudep/ 

National Association of Epilepsy Centers:  naec-epilepsy.org  

How An Epilepsy Center Can Help, learn about an EMU (NAEC video):  https://youtu.be/PLJbAJLDYaw 

Epilepsy Centers are categorized as a Level 3 or Level 4 Center.  Click here to understand guidelines to follow for epilepsy care. 

For additional information, see links from the CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov)


Becky Vinehout - Speaker - Epilepsy Center Awareness

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