How is epilepsy treated?
At Children's Hospital Colorado, we provide different types of treatment for epilepsy including traditional anticonvulsant medications, dietary therapies, access to ongoing drug studies, vagal nerve stimulation and epilepsy surgery.
Most children with epilepsy are able to control their seizures with medications. About 60% of pediatric patients with epilepsy respond well to their first medication. About 20% will require two or more medications for seizure control, and about 10% will have seizures despite medical treatment. For those patients who have epilepsy that is very localized or difficult to treat, surgery may be an option.
The Surgical Epilepsy Program at Children's Colorado
If surgery is needed, our Surgical Epilepsy Program provides the only comprehensive treatment program for chronic seizure disorders in the region. Brain Lab® image-guided endoscopic surgery allows neurosurgeons to perform complex brain operations through relatively small openings in the skull for treatment of epilepsy.
Why choose Children’s Colorado for your child's epilepsy?
Experts at our Pediatric Epilepsy Program provide comprehensive care for babies, kids and young adults who suffer from seizures and seizure disorders. Our patients range from children who have just experienced their first seizure, to those suffering from chronic and debilitating epilepsy.
Our Pediatric Epilepsy Program offers state-of-the-art treatment and evaluation by a multidisciplinary team consisting of neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, social workers, nurses, dieticians and epileptologists (doctors who specialize in the treatment of epilepsy) who are all trained in pediatric epilepsy. We're also closely affiliated with local organizations and epilepsy resources to understand and meet the needs of our patients.
In addition, Children's Colorado is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus, a major medical campus that provides access to comprehensive, high-quality care for pediatric patients, as well as education and research efforts in epilepsy.
How to contact our Epilepsy Program:
For more information about the Children's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program please contact us at (720) 777-6895.