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Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery

Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery

Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery

Our Approach

Any childhood illness or issue can be very overwhelming, but when your child has experienced even one seizure – it becomes especially frightening. Epilepsy treatment for children is very different from adult care. It is very specialized due to the ongoing brain development of our young patients. Focused epilepsy care for children needs to include appropriate monitoring, pediatric specific medications and surgical options that are appropriate for each child at their individual phase of growth and development. Children’s Hospital of Georgia provides board-certified pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons that have advanced training in the care of epilepsy for children.

Called epileptologists, our pediatric epilepsy specialists are neurologists that have at least two extra years of specialized training in the medical, psychological, social and educational issues that can be involved with children with epilepsy. By focusing on just this clinical specialty, their experience and expertise allows them to better determine an accurate diagnosis and the optimum treatment plan as soon as possible. Especially with children, time is precious to determine the correct treatment plan because any neurological issue can impact growth and development milestones.      

Innovative Surgical Options for Seizure Management

Our pediatric epilepsy team can determine if medication is the right care path for seizure management, but in many cases surgical intervention by our skilled pediatric epilepsy surgeons can provide the best solution to reduce or stop seizures in children. Our team carefully evaluates the cause of seizures, the frequency, severity and duration of seizures and if the area of the brain can be identified where the seizures start. We also closely monitor any seizure activity through electroencephalogram (EEG) testing to detect any abnormalities of the brain’s activity and our pediatric neuropsychologist evaluates baseline cognitive function.

With a team approach for careful evaluation and treatment option review, it is determined if surgery is the best care plan for each individual child. If this is the case, our pediatric epilepsy surgeon can treat epilepsy through several surgical options, including: interrupt the nerve pathways and slow or stop seizure impulses to the brain, implant a device to control seizures or remove the seizure focus - that area of the brain where seizures originate.

Research Supports Surgical Intervention for Epilepsy

Research has shown that surgery for temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) has become highly effective. In this most common form of epilepsy in children, TLE surgical intervention has shown a 58% seizure free rate of success as compared to only an 8% seizure free rate with only medication therapy.

Multidisciplinary Care for Disease Management

Our entire team of epilepsy specialists meet every week to determine each patient’s short and long term care plans with careful evaluation of progress and next steps. Our team includes:

  • Pediatric Epileptologists
  • Pediatric Neurologists
  • Pediatric Neurosurgeons
  • Pediatric Neuroradiologists
  • Pediatric Neuropsychologists
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) Technologists
  • Pediatric Transport Team
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Nutritionists/Dietitians
  • Pediatric Therapists

This same team sees your child regularly and knows your child – what is working and what needs to be adjusted to restore or improve their quality of life. With all of our pediatric specialists under one roof at Children’s Hospital of Georgia, we are able to bring together any other pediatric specialists when needed for an integrated delivery of care to improve the health of each child we see.

As with any childhood short term illness or longer term disease management, the health of any child affects the whole family. That’s why at Children’s Hospital of Georgia, we take care of the whole family and the whole child - not just the disease. We care about how your life changes with more doctor appointments and we want to help make your life easier and more manageable with a diagnosis such as epilepsy. So, we offer care at CHOG all under one roof, with coordinated appointments and convenient locations closer to home. We provide Child Life Specialists that normalize care at the hospital and help children and families understand what to expect, especially when surgery is planned. Please let us know how we can help – just let anyone on your child’s care team know about any special needs or concerns.

For More Information about Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery

If you suffer from seizures or would like more information about pediatric epilepsy treatment options, please call our Epilepsy Coordinator at 706-721-4626 today. You may also e-mail us at epilepsy@augusta.edu.

 

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