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Epilepsy Center-The Nebraska Medical Center
"There is new hope for patients with epilepsy. The Nebraska Medical Center comprehensive epilepsy program is recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers with the highest level of distinction. The program includes a comprehensive monitoring, advanced diagnostic equipment and sophisticated technology as treatments of epilepsy and the most complex seizure disorders. To qualify as a level four designated epilepsy center, the hospital provides the most complex forms of intensive evaluation, medical options and a broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy treatment.
The first approach to care is the medical management and treatment for epilepsy which includes:
Review of current medications
Prescribing new medication
Routine Electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring
Possible Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Nearly one third of all seizures are resistant to medications. If seizures continue, the second approach to treating epilepsy includes long-term video Electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring, to determine if a patient is a candidate for surgery.
When an epilepsy patient qualifies as a surgical candidate, more testing is performed in order to specifically localize the area of the brain causing seizure. The following tests and procedures are typically performed.
Magnetoencephalography (MEG) scans are for patients deemed suitable for surgical treatment of epilepsy. It is one of the most advanced diagnostic tools available and gives doctors increased ability to identify where the brain is malfunctioning.
Neuropsychological testing is performed on patients who are deemed to be surgical candidates. The test is performed by neuropsychologists to evaluate brain function.
Wada procedure. The Nebraska Medical Center is Nebraska’s largest health-care facility in Nebraska.
The medical center employs more than 4,900 employees and has over 1,000 physicians in all major specialties and sub-specialties on staff. More than 350 medical and surgical residents and assists in the training and education a thousand students on campus in a given year.
The Nebraska Medical Center is known for excellence, innovation and quality patient care. As the teaching hospital for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, this 624 acute-care bed facility has an international reputation for providing solid organ and bone marrow transplantation services. The Nebraska Medical Center serves patients regionally including Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri with comprehensive oncology, neurology and cardiology programs."