Epilepsy is a neurological disorder — not a disease — characterized by repeated seizures.
According to The Epilepsy Foundation of America®, epilepsy affects people of all ages, races and ethnicities, and is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S. after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease. It affects 65 million people worldwide.
One in 10 adults will have a seizure sometime during their life, but only about 1 to 3 percent of people will have epilepsy. Epileptic seizures are a result of abnormal electrical activity in part or all of the brain.
Via Christi Epilepsy Center's caring specialists and advanced technology can provide proper diagnosis and treatment, to help patients achieve better control of seizures and enjoy a full life.
With the right medication, most seizures can be minimized. Other epilepsy treatment options include surgery, a special diet or implanted devices.
Via Christi Epilepsy Center care team
- Specially trained caregivers work together to provide the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment for epilepsy patients.
- Epileptologist - Board-certified neurologist with advanced formal fellowship training in epilepsy.
- Pediatric neurologist - Board-certified physician with residency training in pediatrics and special qualifications in child neurology.
- Neurologists - Board-certified physicians with residency training in neurology, including epilepsy.
- Nurse practitioner – Advanced practicing registered nurse specializing in epilepsy and pediatric neurology.
- Registered nurses - Nurses have primary responsibility for the daily care of patients and can answer questions and address concerns.
- EEG techs – Technicians and registered technologists obtain the data collection and videos and can answer technical questions.
- Neuropsychologists - Psychologists specializing in neurocognitive development in children and adults.
- Epilepsy neurosurgeons - Board-certified neurosurgeons with advanced credentials and experience in epilepsy surgery.
- Neuroradiologists - Board-certified radiologists with special training to perform and interpret imaging studies, such as MRI or PET scans, specific to epilepsy and seizure disorders.
- Clinical research coordinator - Researchers help patients obtain investigational medications and devices through voluntary participation in national research studies.
- VNS coordinator - Nurse practitioner provides management of implanted vagus nerve stimulation devices.
- Psychiatrists – Specialists in psychiatric evaluation of children and adults.
- Dietitian – Registered dietitian helps manage special ketogenic diet treatment for pediatric patients.