Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders

For individuals who have experienced a seizure or been diagnosed with epilepsy, the need to understand the condition is as great as the actual treatment. Patients with epilepsy or seizures may feel isolation, fear, anxiety and confusion. There is a strong need to gain a better understanding of seizures and why they happen. Is it a lifelong condition or a one-time event?

The physicians and clinician experts at Community Health Network will help patients achieve a more productive life through the diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management of epilepsy and brain and nerve disorders. The process may be a short or long journey as diagnostic tests are performed and interpreted. The results will provide a personalized treatment plan based on test results and physician collaboration.

Epilepsy can be treated at Community Hospitals East, North and South. To start the referral process, please call 317-621-2727.

Diagnostic Testing

Community Health Network provides a full range of neurological services to treat brain and nerve disorders such as epilepsy. Our multidisciplinary team of healthcare specialists works with patients of all ages. From testing through treatment, you’ll have access to comprehensive care by neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurses, psychiatrists, electroneurodiagnostic (END) technologists, social workers, dietitians, pharmacists and other clinical staff.

Patients are often referred to the neurology testing center after a neurologist has performed an initial examination. The center is staffed by neurologists and electroneurodiagnostic (END) technologists who are specially trained in brain and nervous system disorders. Community’s neurology testing center offers a variety of diagnostic procedures which are valuable tools your physician can use to help assess your condition. The test results can help your physician create a personalized treatment plan to address your symptoms.

Diagnostic tests

Diagnostic tests used to understand causes of neurological symptoms and conditions include:

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Evoked Potential (EP)
  • 24-hour Ambulatory EEG
  • Long-term EEG and video monitoring (VEEG)
  • Intraoperative monitoring
  • Nerve conduction studies
  • Electromyography
  • Wada

Treatment

After collecting information from your medical history and physical evaluation, diagnostic testing and/or monitoring, your physician will discuss the findings with you and your family. If epilepsy or other brain or nerve disorder has been diagnosed, the neurologist will chart a course of treatment. In many cases anti-convulsant (more commonly called anti-epileptic) medications can control your seizures.

If drug therapy does not achieve satisfactory results, you may be a candidate for surgical treatment. Extensive neurological testing is required to determine if your condition qualifies. The latest tests include video EEG monitoring, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) and implantable electrodes. These sophisticated tests help your physicians locate the source of seizures.

Once it is determined that you are eligible for surgery, the surgeon will meet with you and your family to review the risks and benefits.

If you’re not a candidate for surgery or you choose not to proceed, your physician may try new medication therapy or a less invasive surgical option such as the vagus nerve stimulator (VNS). This minor surgery implants a pacemaker to stimulate the vagus nerve in your neck. New epileptic medications and advances in surgical procedures are constantly being introduced.