At the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute at CHI St. Vincent, we offer the best in treatment for epilepsy. While epilepsy has no cure, the condition can be treated and managed effectively by developing the right individualized treatment plan. Treatment for epilepsy will depend on several factors including:
- Patient’s overall health
- Frequency of seizures
- Severity of seizures
- Medical history
To verify seizures are present, CHI St. Vincent has an epilepsy monitoring unit which allows patients to stay several days in the hospital to be monitored for seizure activity.
In the majority of cases, epilepsy is treated with medication. Most people with epilepsy can become seizure-free by taking anti-seizure or anti-epileptic medication. In some cases your doctor may discontinue medication after you’re seizure free for at least two years. For other patients, medication may need to be permanent. Your doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment plan.
Finding the right medication and dosage may be a complex process. Epilepsy medications can often have side effects including blurry or double vision, memory problems, fatigue, sleepiness, weight gain and an upset stomach. Your physician will work with you to determine the best treatment.
If you don’t respond well to medication, surgery might be an option. CHI St. Vincent has surgical options including vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) which is an outpatient procedure that helps resolve epilepsy symptoms.