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Epilepsy Treatment

Once an epilepsy diagnosis is made, we offer the most advanced treatment options available. For more than a decade, our team has been involved in research related to every epilepsy treatment approved in the United States to date, including a number of drug and intravenous therapies, and vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy.

Epilepsy Treatment Options

Because every case is different, our commitment to research offers each patient the most appropriate treatment available, including:

Vagal Nerve Stimulation and Epilepsy Surgery

Another potentially beneficial treatment for epilepsy patients is vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), in which a stimulator is implanted to deliver regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain and reduce seizures.

The Mischer Neuroscience Institute was the first in the region to perform VNS implantation and is the leading program in the United States, performing the largest number of epilepsy surgeries on pediatric and adult patients in Houston.

RNS® (NeuroPace)

For patients for whom conventional or laser surgery is not a treatment option, the Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Program also offers an innovative responsive neurostimulation therapy in the form of Responsive Neural Stimulation (NeuroPace™). The NeuroPace® RNS® Stimulator is a device that is implanted in the skull and connected to electrodes targeting region of the brain called the hippocampus. Upon identifying any abnormal brain activity, the Stimulator responds to interrupt the signal and help control the patient’s seizures.

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Epilepsy Support and Counseling

But treating the condition is just one piece of the problem. At the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, we go beyond the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy by counseling patients in learning to cope with their diagnosis.

Specialized counselors are on staff to ensure that recently diagnosed patients have the emotional support they need, and Child Life Specialists address the specific needs of our pediatric patients and their families.

The Epilepsy Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza, 27th Floor, Suite 2730. [Map]  Call 713-222-CARE to register or for more information. You can also sign up to receive future Mischer Neuroscience Institute communications and Epilepsy Support Group announcements. 

For more information about the Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Mischer Neuroscience Institute, or to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians, please contact Jessica Johnson at (713) 500-5443 or jessica.a.johnson@uth.tmc.edu.