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Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders

About Our Epilepsy and Seizure Disorder Treatment

We understand that living with epilepsy and seizure disorders can be a serious and scary experience. At Ochsner LSU Health, we provide comprehensive care and support for individuals living with epilepsy and seizure disorders. Our team of experts is dedicated to helping patients manage their condition and improve their quality of life. As the only Level 4 nationally accredited epilepsy center in North Louisiana, we specialize in treating the most complex cases.

Why Choose Ochsner LSU Health for Epilepsy Care?

We take a multidisciplinary approach to epilepsy care, bringing together neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, and other specialists to create personalized treatment plans that address each patient's specific needs. Our team is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest technologies and treatment options, including medication management, dietary therapy, epilepsy genetics, neuromodulation devices like vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and responsive neurostimulation (RNS), cortical stimulation and brain mapping. Our team is focused on advancing epilepsy surgery, education and clinical research in the field of epilepsy.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule adult or pediatric epilepsy monitoring, patients can call 318-626-1833.

Outpatient and Inpatient Treatment Options

We offer both outpatient and inpatient treatment options, depending on the severity of the patient’s condition. In our outpatient clinics, patients receive comprehensive evaluation, monitoring, and management of their epilepsy. For those who require more intensive treatment, we provide inpatient epilepsy monitoring units (EMU), where patients receive 24-hour video EEG monitoring and evaluation by our team of epilepsy experts.

Conditions We Treat

We have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating a range of epilepsy and seizure disorders, including:

  • Epilepsy (all types)
  • Seizure disorders
  • Febrile seizures
  • Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES)
  • Epilepsy associated with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Epilepsy associated with brain tumors, stroke, or trauma
  • Refractory epilepsy
  • Epilepsy in women, including catamenial epilepsy (seizures linked to menstrual cycle)
  • High-risk epilepsy patients including pregnant women with epilepsy
  • Epilepsy in children, including infantile spasms and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome

Treatments We Provide

We offer a range of treatment options for patients with refractory epilepsy and seizure disorders, including both surgical and non-surgical options. Our surgical treatment options are minimally invasive and use advanced technology to precisely locate and remove the source of the seizures. These include:

  • Robotic-Assisted Phase II sEEG and/or Subdural Strip Localization Procedures: A minimally invasive procedure that involves placing electrodes on the surface of the brain or deep in the brain to monitor the electrical activity and identify the source of the seizures.
  • Laser Ablation: A minimally invasive procedure that uses a laser to destroy the tissue responsible for causing the seizures.
  • Open Resection: A procedure that involves removing the area of the brain responsible for causing the seizures.

We also offer neuromodulation, which involves using implanted devices to modify the electrical activity of the brain and reduce the frequency and severity of seizures. These options include:

  • Vagus Nerve Simulation: A device implanted under the skin of the chest that sends electrical impulses to the vagus nerve, which connects to the brainstem and can reduce the frequency and severity of seizures.
  • Responsive Neurostimulation: A device implanted in the brain that detects abnormal electrical activity and sends small electrical pulses to disrupt the activity and prevent seizures.
  • Deep-Brain Stimulation: A device implanted in the brain that sends electrical impulses to specific areas of the brain to reduce the frequency and severity of seizures.

Additionally, we provide medication management, dietary therapy, and counseling services to help patients manage their epilepsy and improve their quality of life.

Our goal is to provide patients with the most effective treatment options with the least possible side-effects. We are committed to working closely with each patient to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Schedule EEG/EMG

To schedule EEG/EMG, patients can call the Neurophysiology Lab at 318-626-1828.