Treatments for Epilepsy

Your Treatment Begins Here

Our team of epileptologists, epilepsy neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, nurses, nursing assistants and EEG technologists, are all dedicated to the care of adults and children with epilepsy. We offer the most advanced medical and surgical therapy available. The team is led by epileptologists, which are neurologists with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy.

Medications and other treatments can limit or eliminate seizures for some, but for more than third of patients, breakthrough seizures, or seizures that continue despite treatment, will occur. This condition is known as intractable or refractory epilepsy. Our epileptologists work closely with our neurosurgeons to identify and evaluate patients for whom epilepsy surgery would be the most effective treatment option. Our goal is to end or minimize epilepsy's effect on your daily life.

Treatments We Provide

Anti-Epileptic Medicine

Anti-epileptic medicine can help with seizures—whether you have epilepsy or not. Many conditions affecting the central nervous system, both physical and psychological,
can include seizures as a symptom. Your doctor may recommend anti-epileptic medicine to reduce the likelihood of seizures.

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Patients with intractable epilepsy who may be candidates for surgery will first undergo observation in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. Monitoring can: record seizures, determine the location of the seizure onset, and provide critical information for removal of the affected area without loss of vital brain function.

Epilepsy Surgery

Our epilepsy surgeons offer hope for patients with intractable epilepsy when medical therapy fails. Studies are showing how effective and safe epilepsy surgery can be over continued medication trials. Our neurosurgeons perform every available epilepsy surgery, and have often been part of its development.


Vagus nerve stimulation is a minor surgery that implants a pacemaker device in the neck. If you feel a seizure starting, you can then activate your device to stop it.

Special Diets

The ketogenic diet is a high-protein, high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. Each person's diet is created just for him or her. You'll be carefully monitored by your neurologist and a dietitian.