Seizure Disorders & Epilepsy
The Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and seizures. Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures, caused by a sudden abnormal electrical discharge in the brain. Seizures can produce a variety of symptoms and signs, including the two most commonly recognized: loss of consciousness, and involuntary movements. Although this condition affects approximately one percent of Americans at any given time, about three percent will develop epilepsy by age 75. Approximately one third of patients with epilepsy are resistant to medical treatment.
Seizures can greatly affect quality of life for sufferers and their loved ones. The goal of the Hill Neuroscience Institute team is to control or eliminate seizures, without interfering with a patient's daily living. Our neurologists specialize in diagnosing epilepsy and creating treatment plans to eliminate or decrease the occurrence of seizures.
The Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute Epilepsy clinic focuses on the evaluation and treatment of patients with drug-resistant epilepsy, unusual seizures, and spells of unknown nature. Patients receive extensive interviews and examination, are referred for appropriate testing, receive treatment with antiepileptic drugs, or are referred for epilepsy surgery evaluation, or vagus nerve stimulation.
Vagus Nerve Stimulation
Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) is a treatment device that generates electrical impulses delivered to the vagus nerve in the neck. These impulses then indirectly affect the brain. The generator is a small, flat, round battery that is surgically implanted under the skin over the chest or in the armpit. The Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute offers this procedure, which is FDA approved for use in adults and children over the age of 12 who have partial seizures that are resistant to medications. Since this procedure rarely stops seizures completely, it is offered mainly when surgery is not a viable option.