Children's Hospital Colorado

Freedom from Seizures



Madeleine (Maddie)

Maddie and her parents, Deanna and Chris, thought she may never be able to drive, bike or even cross the street by herself because of her seizures. But then she had epilepsy surgery in 2015.



Lianna has so many seizures that she can never be alone, even in her own backyard. Her parents, Cordelia and Randy, and brother, Noah, hope that her upcoming surgery will help reduce or eliminate her seizures so she can experience the freedom of being a teenager.

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What is a seizure?

"It's like a new life – a fresh start."

Maddie, experienced epilepsy surgery

The signs of epilepsy

Epileptic seizures come in many forms – from silent spells of confusion to full convulsions. Medicine and dietary changes can treat these symptoms for some patients; for others, brain surgery is the best option.

Mapping the brain

Before performing surgery, our epilepsy team maps a patient's brain to understand the origin of their seizures. Learn how we gain a deeper understanding of a patient's brain by using advanced stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) technology.

Pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Brent O'Neill explains how we gain a deeper understanding of a patient’s brain by using advanced stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG).
Brent O'Neill, MD
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What is epilepsy

Epilepsy is a seizure disorder that can be managed through a variety of methods ranging from medication to surgery.

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About SEEG

The SEEG method is a faster and more precise way for our epilepsy team to map a patient's seizures.

Learn about SEEG
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ROSA the robot

We use robotic operating surgical assistant (ROSA) to more efficiently perform precise brain surgery and procedures.

A mom hugs her daughter, who is going to have epilepsy surgery to treat her seizures.

"We hope that this surgery is going to change her life."

Cordelia, Lianna's mom

Epilepsy surgery

It can be exciting but scary to learn that your child is a candidate for epilepsy surgery. For Lianna and her family, the hope for a seizure-free future is worth conquering their nerves.


Multidisciplinary care for kids with epilepsy

Different parts of the brain have different functions. This is why our epilepsy team has pediatric experts from various specialties to help care for every part of a child's brain before, during and after surgery.

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What to do if someone is having a seizure



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Anesthesia for kids

Our anesthesiologists are pediatric experts who provide comfort and pain control during and after a surgery or procedure.

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"Our multidisciplinary team is the reason we see the strong outcomes that we do."

Dr. O'Neill, pediatric neurosurgeon

Maddie's favorite new experiences

Maddie thought her seizures would limit her for the rest of her life,
but now she is seizure-free and enjoying new-found independence.



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What to expect from surgery

We have resources to help you prepare for your surgery, including a kid-friendly video.

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Children's Hospital Colorado pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Brent O'Neill explains epilepsy surgery.
Meet a neurosurgeon



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Seizure safety toolkit

Our pediatric experts share advice for keeping your child with epilepsy safe in every scenario.

Check out the tips
Epilepsy patient Maddie smiles while her dad, Chris, looks on.

"Maddie has been seizure-free since the surgery; she is so much happier now."

Chris, Maddie's dad
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Meet more patients

We paired newly diagnosed families with others who have been through the journey.

See their stories
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Helpful resources

Discover the many tools other families have found helpful.

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Partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Children's Hospital Colorado partners with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where many of our physicians and care providers serve as faculty.