Epilepsy Treatment at Swedish Medical Center, Denver
Experts estimate epilepsy affects one percent of the U.S. population. Causes range from head injuries and brain tumors to genetic illnesses, toxicities and other medical problems. In Colorado, Swedish Medical Center offers the most comprehensive diagnosis and treatment capabilities for seizure disorders, including the state's only adult ambulatory EEG Monitoring Service. Equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, specialized care units and a top-tier team of dedicated medical professionals, Swedish delivers the comprehensive care every patient with a seizure disorder needs and deserves.
Specialized, Coordinated Care
Swedish and the Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) maintain an experienced team of multidisciplinary medical professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of seizure disorders. They include epileptologists, neurodiagnostic specialists, neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, a nurse care coordinator and rehabilitation specialists. Working together, this team is able to deliver precise and comprehensive care to patients from diagnosis through treatment.
Swedish integrates leading-edge technology and equipment into every phase of care for patients. These advanced resources include:
- Pre-surgical Evaluation/Diagnostic Testing: EEG, MRI, Neuropsychological Evaluation, Wada Testing, Intracranial Electrode Evaluation and Electrical Brain Mapping.
- Long-Term Epilepsy Monitoring Unit: Complete with fully furnished, private hospital suites, these rooms are equipped with the latest EEG video capabilities to provide round-the-clock screening of epilepsy activity.
- Ambulatory EEG Monitoring: The only unit of its kind in Colorado, this service allows adult patients to be monitored in the comfort of their own home. This increases the likelihood of capturing patients' habitual events. Recorded data is analyzed by Swedish's on-staff epileptologists to establish a baseline of epilepsy activity, which can then be used to justify inpatient intensive screening to third-party insurance companies.
Swedish uses a combination of medication and surgical procedures to provide targeted, comprehensive treatment options for epilepsy patients. Neurosurgery options include lobectomies, hemispherectomies, corpus callosotomies, vagal nerve stimulator (VNS) implantation, awake craniotomy, functional mapping, frameless stereotaxy and laser surgery.