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Treatment for Seizures and Epilepsy

Our ultimate goal is to completely control or even cure your epilepsy.

At the University of Chicago Medicine, we put our patients first when developing treatment plans. Our ultimate goal of treatment is to completely control or even cure your epilepsy. Even with the most difficult cases, we will work with you to design a tailored treatment plan that will optimize your quality of life. When you come to us, you can expect treatment that is unique to you and the way you experience seizures.

Read more about:

  • General options for seizure and epilepsy treatment: Get an overview of types of epilepsy treatments, including medication, dietary changes and surgical solutions.
  • Surgical and device treatment for seizures and epilepsy: Learn about advanced surgical options, including:
    • NeuroPace Responsive Neurostimulation System (RNS), an implantable device designed to sense and prevent seizures before they start
    • Visualase Laser Thermal Ablation, a sophisticated laser procedure that targets seizure-causing tissue with pinpoint accuracy
    • Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS), which uses a device to send electrical pulses to the vagus nerve in the neck, helping to block seizures
    • Focal resection, a procedure to remove a portion of the brain where seizures originate

Comprehensive Approach, Individualized Treatment

Our multidisciplinary team will work together to treat you as a whole person -- not just your epilepsy. Whether your seizures are straightforward and easy to control or you have a difficult or rare case, you can count on the quality of care that can only be provided by a top hospital with two Level 4 Epilepsy Centers, one for adults and one for children.

You are an important part of your medical team, so we will seek your input whenever possible and keep you informed about your care plan. We are dedicated to engaging you in your care and making sure you are informed and comfortable with your treatment decisions.

At our Epilepsy Centers, we fully understand the impact that epilepsy can have on patients and their families. We know that you never "get used to" seizures. Every seizure is difficult. We want to help you and your family through the challenges you face.