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Treatment Methods for Epilepsy Surgery
At Children's National Hospital, our Epilepsy Surgery team focuses on minimally invasive epilepsy surgery, which uses small incisions and avoids traditional large open brain surgeries. This technique limits approach-related surgical trauma and has been shown to improve postoperative results, as evidenced by less postoperative pain, shorter hospitalization and better cosmetic appearances.
We have the following surgical options and brain stimulation techniques available to children in our care:
The objective here is direct stimulation of the seizure onset zone using a responsive “closed loop” stimulation to control seizures. The components of this stimulator are a neurostimulator situated under the scalp connected to 1 or 2 depth or cortical strip leads. Each lead can be used for both sensing and stimulating. The physician programs detection and stimulation settings and retrieves and reviews data provided by the neurostimulator.
This involves electrical stimulation of a deep area of the brain that acts as a “pacemaker” and can improve seizure control in certain types of epilepsy. This is done with real-time MRI guidance using our ClearPoint® MRI Interventions system.