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The goal for every pediatric patient with epilepsy is to stop all seizures. Ongoing seizures prevent full enjoyment and fulfillment in life. Many children with epilepsy can become seizure-free with medication, but for the one-third of children who don’t respond to medication, surgery may be an option.
At UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, children with difficult-to-control seizures receive a comprehensive assessment to determine whether or not they will benefit from epilepsy surgery. The goal of the Epilepsy Surgery Program at Children’s Hospital’s Brain Care Institute is to give every child a chance at seizure freedom, so that they can develop to their fullest potential.
The Epilepsy Surgery Program of the Brain Care Institute offers comprehensive assessment and care to children with medically refractory epilepsy, care that is on par with the best programs in the nation. On average, we perform brain surgery on 25 patients a year. In addition, about 50 patients a year undergo vagal nerve stimulator implantation.
As the only center in the region that provides comprehensive preoperative evaluation, access to the full spectrum of epilepsy surgery procedures, as well as the opportunity to participate in the latest research into epilepsy, the Brain Care Institute offers access to all of the resources required for managing complex epilepsy cases.
There are more effective treatments for pediatric epilepsy now than ever before, but we believe there are still more to be discovered. Our ongoing epilepsy research and clinical studies include new and exciting developments that may lead to treatments that are easier, more effective, and with fewer side effects. Not only do we receive the latest models of VNS devices before they become widely available, but we also have earlier access to all of the latest treatments, medicines, and medical equipment.
Our current areas of research include:
If your child is a candidate for epilepsy surgery and you are considering it, and you want to learn more about epilepsy surgery from a parent or family perspective, we can connect you with families who have been through the process.
To make a referral, schedule an appointment, or request an evaluation for a child or teen, contact us at 412-692-8717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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