Advanced Options for Patients with Epilepsy
Neurologists and neurosurgeons at The University of Kansas Health System's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center provide innovative technology found only at the best centers in the country and nowhere else in the region. As the only program in Kansas and one of only two in the Kansas City metro area to be designated a Level 4 Epilepsy Center – the industry standard for epilepsy care – the health system and its care teams provide the highest level of medical and surgical treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
Surgical options may be available depending on the location in the brain where the seizures are stemming from. A patient may be a qualified candidate for surgery after an initial consultation, video monitoring and discussions with the physicians.
The University of Kansas Health System is the only hospital in the region approved as a NeuroPace implantation site. The Neuropace device senses a seizure and stops it before the patient is aware the seizure even started. The health system is also the only one in the region using NeuroBlate to treat seizures, a minimally invasive laser procedure that allows neurosurgeons to precisely treat seizure locations within millimeters.
NeuroPace and NeuroBlate are just a few examples of how The University of Kansas Health System continues to advance medicine.
NeuroPace is a device that continuously monitors electrical activity in the brain and delivers pulses of stimulation when it detects patterns that could lead to seizure activity. The stimulation is meant to stop seizures before the patients know they are having one.
NeuroPace includes leads that are inserted into areas of the brain and connected to a neurostimulator, similar to a pacemaker, which is most often implanted underneath the skin near the back of the skull.
During real time MRI, the NeuroBlate laser procedure allows neurosurgeons to treat seizure locations by removing diseased tissue while limiting injury to healthy tissue. Instead of a large incision and craniotomy, laser ablation uses a sterotactic frame to insert a probe into the abnormal tissue. With MRI guidance to measure heat deposited in the target tissue, laser energy is pulsed to deliver controlled thermal energy. Consecutive images of the thermal energy delivered to the physician allow real-time decisions and adjustments during the procedure.
In addition, because NeuroBlate's therapy is minimally invasive, blood loss may be reduced during the procedure and the surgical opening is typically closed with only a small suture. This technique makes recovery significantly faster than open surgery.