What Defines Success In Seizure Treatment?

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Welcome to the first of many health information blog posts from the Mid-Atlantic Epilepsy and Sleep Center (MAESC). My name is Nick Pirolli, I am a Research Coordinator at MAESC and Program Director of Anemone Lifestyle (more on the Anemone diabetes/obesity treatment company at a later time). I hope you find these posts insightful and intriguing.

Perhaps you are asking, why is a doctors office writing a blog post? 

The short answer – to share information with as many people as possible.

Slightly longer answer – Healthcare in America is rapidly changing. The 2010 Affordable Care Act (AKA “ObamaCare”) catalyzed the healthcare transition to patient-centered treatments and increased patient engagement. Patient engagement encourages patients been to be their own health advocate – that is, to play a larger role in the management of their own health. Part of this is being informed about available medical treatments and the treatment philosophy of your doctor.

Seizure Treatment/Freedom from Seizures

Before we begin, we must introduce the philosophy of the Mid-Atlantic Epilepsy and Sleep Center – founded by Dr. Pavel Klein in 2003.

Every patient has different goals for their medical care, and we understand that.

Some want detailed exams and extensive testing, others simply need to get back to work or school by whatever means possible. Just as it is important for a physician to know their patient’s treatment goals, patients should understand their physician’s goals.

At MAESC, our #1 goal is complete elimination of patient’s seizures (ie seizure freedom) and return to normal daily living.

The seizure treatment goal of the neurologists at the Mid-Atlantic Epilepsy and Sleep Center is complete seizure freedom for our patients. We use medications, clinical research trials, dietary treatment including ketogenic diet, lifestyle, and neurosurgery to accomplish this

Unfortunately, complete seizure freedom is not always possible. 1 in 3 patients have drug-resistant epilepsy

The Mid-Atlantic Epilepsy and Sleep Center neurologists specialize in seizure treatment of drug-resistant or treatment-resistant epilepsy seizures, with the goal of complete seizure freedom
The majority of patients are able to achieve seizure freedom with currently available epilepsy drugs. For the rest of patients, the neurologists at the Mid-Atlantic Epilepsy and Sleep Center specialize in finding alternate epilepsy treatment options to achieve seizure freedom.

For those 33% of patients in the “drug-resistant” population, alternative treatment options like dietary therapy, newly developed medication, or surgery may be needed.

In the most severe cases, the neurologists at the Mid-Atlantic Epilepsy and Sleep Center seek to improve patient’s quality of life however possible.

Treatment options available to all patients with epilepsy at MAESC:

  • FDA-approved medications
  • New, in-developmen, research study medications
  • Neurosurgery
  • Dietary treatment
  • Lifestyle

We place a special emphasis on:

  • New emerging treatments for epilepsy
  • Dietary treatment of epilepsy
  • Women’s issues in epilepsy
  • Prevention of epilepsy after acute injury

Furthermore, Dr. Ross and Dr. Bui are available to see other general neurological complaints in addition to seizures – like migraine headaches, dizziness, numbness, stroke or TIA, memory loss, tremor, multiple sclerosis, etc. So no patient is left untreated.

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Stay tuned for our next health information post discussing the changing landscape of epilepsy surgery, and the risks/benefits involved

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