With a Level 4 rating – the highest rating by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers – patients and families benefit from a model of care that integrates the expertise of the program’s clinical staff and advanced technology for diagnosis, seizure classification and treatment. Our epilepsy care team is composed of adult and pediatric neurosurgeons, epileptologists, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, psychiatrists, social workers, dietitians, nurses, technologists, bioengineers and neuropathologists.
The Comprehensive Epilepsy Program provides intensive audiovisual and electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring for diagnosis and localization of the affected area, to tailor care for each patient. Patients receive inpatient and outpatient services, and a full range of medical and surgical treatment options, including investigative therapies and approaches that are not widely available.
Patients who require inpatient treatment receive care on a specialized neurological unit with staff specifically trained in neurosurgical and neurological care.
Adult and pediatric epilepsy monitoring is performed in dedicated units to pinpoint the focus of seizures. The eight-bed adult and three-bed pediatric monitoring units feature the most advanced digital video-EEG monitoring equipment, and are fully staffed 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. Patients undergo a four-phase evaluation process to determine if surgery is appropriate.
In the past two decades, more than 1,000 patients from around the world have undergone epilepsy surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Although these patients include many of the most challenging cases, more than half remain seizure-free after surgery, with many years of follow-up.
Patients are supported by caregivers during each step of the process, so that a very stressful experience can have the very best outcome both medically and emotionally.
Our state-of-the-art operating room suite contains advanced digitized imaging, computerized stereotaxy and sophisticated electrophysiology in order to perform optimal, yet safe, resections, and to place intracranial electrodes for those patients who need invasive electrophysiological confirmation of an epileptogenic region.
Our staff works closely with referring physicians throughout the course of a patient's evaluation and treatment to maximize continuity of care, particularly in the postoperative period.
To schedule an appointment or to speak to one of our specialists, please call 203.785.3865.