Epilepsy

Spectrum Health’s comprehensive epilepsy program is West Michigan’s first Level 4 epilepsy center designated by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). As a Level 4 epilepsy center, we offer the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex forms of epilepsy, including those with uncontrolled seizures (i.e., intractable or refractory epilepsy). Our epileptologists and epilepsy neurosurgeons are among the most experienced in the field. These specialists are pushing the forefront of epilepsy care through research, furthering the world’s understanding of this condition and the best ways to treat it. We offer outpatient clinics in Fremont and Grand Rapids.

Referrals and Consultations

 

 

First Seizure Clinic

  • Only dedicated clinic in West Michigan offering rapid follow up evaluation of patients initially seen in emergency room for first-time seizure
  • Patients have MRI and EEG followed by a comprehensive neurological evaluation by a fellowship-trained epileptologist
  • Most urgent epilepsy referral patients are seen within two business days
  • Adult epilepsy program with 8-bed epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital
  • Pediatric epilepsy program with 6-bed EMU at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

Comprehensive Diagnostic Capabilities

  • Video EEG (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Functional cortical mapping
  • Evoked potential studies
  • Intraoperative electrocorticography
  • Intracarotid amobarbital procedure (Wada testing)
  • PET, SPECT, ictal SPECT, MRI and functional MRI

Full Range of Surgical Procedures

  • Cerebrocortical functional mapping
  • Complex subdural/depth electrode recording
  • Corpus callosotomy
  • Hemispherotomy
  • Laser-mediated thermocoagulation
  • Responsive stimulus inhibition of epileptogenicity
  • Temporal and extratemporal resection
  • Vagus nerve stimulation

Neurodiagnostic Services

  • Over 50 EEG technicians, largest team in West Michigan
  • Outpatient EEG satellites at Big Rapids, Fremont, Greenville, Ludington and Zeeland
  • Inpatient EEG and continuous EEG capabilities at Spectrum Health Butterworth and Blodgett Hospitals