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Epilepsy Services

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Epilepsy

Seizures

UW Health's comprehensive epilepsy program offers state-of-the-art care for patients with epilepsy or those suspected of having seizures.

 

Our Services

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG): An EEG records the electrical activity of the brain. Through this painless test, physicians are able to diagnose a variety of neurological problems, from common headaches and dizziness to seizure disorders, strokes and degenerative brain disease.

    Learn more about EEG

  • Neuroimaging: Neuroimaging techinques create images of the brain that allow us to pinpoint the specific parts of the brain where seizures are occurring.

    Learn more about neuroimaging

  • Medication: UW Health's epilepsy program emphasizes patient quality of life when considering treatment options, including medication regimens.

    Learn more about epilepsy medication

  • Dietary therapy: Diets that are high in fat and low in carbohydrate alter the body's metabolism to produce ketones, which puts the patient into a state called ketosis. The state of ketosis has been linked to reduced seizure frequency in some children and adults with epilepsy.
     
    Learn more about dietary therapies and our Adult Epilepsy Dietary Therapy Clinic

  • Surgery: Patients with seizures that cannot be controlled with antiepileptic drugs - called intractable - and have a major impact on their quality of life are potential candidates for surgical treatments.

    Learn more about epilepsy surgery

  • Vagus Nerve Stimulation: During Vagus Nerve Stimulation, surgeons implant a device that is similar to a pacemaker under the skin. The device sends a mild, electrical signal to the vagus nerve, which is critical for communication between the brain and major organs.

    Learn more about Vagus Nerve Stimulation