Special Programs and Services:
- Epilepsy surgery
- Epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU)
- Epilepsy-related diagnostics (electroencephalogram or EEG, evoked potential)
- Complex epilepsy and seizure management
- Surgical treatment of epilepsy
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.
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.
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.
Ochsner offers leading treatments like epilepsy surgery and epilepsy-related diagnostics.
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.
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.