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Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders

More than 4 million adults in the United States have had a diagnosis of epilepsy or seizure disorder.

The official definition of epilepsy is “a disorder of the brain that causes seizures.” But epilepsy patients know that there’s so much more to living with this neurological condition, and that it can often be unpredictable and frightening. Seizures come in various shapes and sizes — some are quiet staring spells, while others can cause a person to collapse, shake and become unaware of what’s going on around them.

Ochsner’s Epilepsy Program aims to provide the most modern and innovative medical and surgical care for patients with epilepsy and seizure disorders. We also understand that for many patients, their seizure disorder is far from simple, which is why each patient undergoes a thorough evaluation in the clinic and a comprehensive diagnostic work up including outpatient and inpatient video-EEG monitoring, sophisticated brain imaging, cardiac and psychological testing. Our team collaborates with other medical disciplines to manage other medical conditions related to seizure disorder and medications. 

Why Ochsner for Epilepsy Treatment?

Highly trained specialists

The program hosts an experienced group of epileptologists and neurosurgeons who provide the most modern and innovative medical and surgical care for the treatment of epilepsy.

An epilepsy monitoring unit

Ochsner is the only facility in the state with a comprehensive epilepsy monitoring unit where patients with complex seizure disorders can be diagnosed and managed. It’s also the only facility in the state to be accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Ochsner’s Epilepsy Monitoring Unit has seen a 42% growth in admissions in just over one year.

Special Programs and Services

Ochsner offers leading treatments like epilepsy surgery and epilepsy-related diagnostics.

  • Adult and pediatric epilepsy surgery
    • We offer specialty testing like brain positron emission tomography (PET), Wada testing, neuro-psychological testing, and functional mapping and seizure localization with intracranial monitoring.
  • Neuro-Intensive Care Unit
    • Patients are cared for by expert neuro-intensivists who work in collaboration with our epileptologists to provide dedicated care to patients with status epilepticus. We offer several advanced therapeutic options and clinical trials to these critically ill patients.
  • Ochsner is the only hospital system in the region to use Visualase® - MRI-Guided Laser Ablation Technology for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery.  This is one of the industry’s newest surgical treatment options for epilepsy. Patients also have access to a clinic concierge who will assist with getting copies of your records and scheduling your appointments.
  • Epilepsy during pregnancy is treated by our neurology team in conjunction with the obstetric team.

National Recognition

Ochsner’s epilepsy center earned the highest marks possible from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, with a level 4 rating. This indicates that Ochsner has the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level of treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Clinical Research

The neurology department in collaboration with Ochsner’s office of research conducts several investigator initiated and national clinical trials. Our epileptologists are actively engaged in research and present their work at national and international scientific meetings. 

Conditions Treated

  • Epilepsy
  • Seizure disorders in adults, children, pregnancy, geriatric
  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
  • Non epileptic events