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Epilepsy is a movement disorder that can cause mild to debilitating seizures. The goal of treatment is to limit the number and severity of seizures.
If you or a loved one needs epilepsy treatment in the Bay Area, Dignity Health doctors offer a range of therapies, including medication and surgery, to help improve quality of life. For the neurology services you need, use our search tool and Find a Doctor.
In some instances, epilepsy is caused by another condition, such as an infection, brain tumor, or abnormal blood vessels in the brain. Dignity Health doctors focus on treating underlying problems first, either with surgery to remove tumors or repair blood vessels, or with medication to cure an infection. Sometimes, treating the underlying condition may cause epilepsy to go away, which may only require monitoring and follow-up.
Depending on the severity of the disorder, your doctor may recommend a noninvasive approach or surgery. Often, anticonvulsant medication is effective for treating epilepsy when the cause is unknown or if treating an underlying condition was not successful at stopping seizures. You may need to try more than one antiseizure medication. Your doctor will give you special instructions for each one so you’ll know exactly what to expect.
If medication isn’t successful, your doctor may recommend epilepsy surgery. There are currently two kinds of surgical procedures for epilepsy. The first involves a surgeon removing small areas of brain tissue that are causing the seizures. The second is the placement of a vagal nerve stimulator (VNS), which is similar to a heart pacemaker.
An experienced Dignity Health neurologist can help you decide which treatment may be best. This doctor will review your symptoms and evaluate the severity and frequency of the seizures. Based on this information and your personal preferences, your doctor will create a personalized treatment plan that fits your needs.
Dignity Health provides comprehensive care and treatment for epilepsy in the Bay Area.