What is Epilepsy?

A seizure is a brief, strong surge of abnormal electrical activity affects part or all of the brain, which leads to transient symptoms and signs from convulsions and loss of consciousness to more subtle symptoms such as blank staring, lip smacking, or jerking movements of arms and legs.  It can occur due to provoking factors, such as fever, infection, alcohol, drugs, certain medications, or other medical conditions.

Epilepsy is chronic/two or more recurrent unprovoked seizures from an underlying neurologic condition.

Epilepsy, in most cases, can be controlled with medication but not cured.  Surgery is considered in difficult cases.  We need to determine first whether or not your typical spells/events are truly epileptic seizures and if they are the right types of seizures for the epilepsy surgery.  If we think you should be evaluated for possible surgery to help control your seizures, we bring you into the hospital for a series of tests.