Deep Brain Stimulation For Epilepsy

Deep Brain Stimulation For Epilepsy

If you or a loved one has had a seizure, it would be in your best interest to visit Three Village Neurology. Once here, our neurologist for epilepsy on Long Island can determine if the seizure was a one-off, or if an underlying disorder such as epilepsy is to blame.  No matter what the case, Dr. James Bruno is committed to helping you recover and monitor your symptoms.   

Epilepsy And Seizures:

It is estimated that 3.4 million people nationwide suffer from epilepsy. This unfortunate disorder of the central nervous system leads to abnormal brain function. The abnormal functioning causes those with this disorder to experience seizures. Common symptoms of seizures typically include:  

  • Uncontrollable movements of your arms and legs.
  • A loss of awareness or consciousness.
  • Feelings of fear, anxiety, or deja vu.
  • Temporary confusion.

What Is Deep Brain Stimulation?

When a patient suffers from epilepsy, abnormal bursts of electricity take place in your brain which leads to seizures. To help limit these bursts, our neurologist for epilepsy on Long Island may suggest undergoing surgery for Deep Brain Stimulation. During this procedure, thin metal wires will be placed on the area of your brain where your seizures start. A separate wire containing electrodes will also be run down your neck.  Connected to this wire will be a device called a pulse generator, which is set under your skin just below the collar bone. Once all the correct equipment is input, the pulse generator will be turned on and monitored by our neurologist. In one study, patients who underwent this procedure experienced 56% fewer seizures than normal after their second year with this device.   

When To Consider Deep Brain Stimulation:

Though this can be an effective form of treatment, it usually isn’t the first option pursued by patients. If you suffer from epilepsy, our neurologist for epilepsy on Long Island will most likely prescribe you medication to help limit your seizures. Unfortunately, most medication doesn’t work for 30% of people  Another option that can be explored is receiving surgery to remove a small part of the brain where the seizures occur. While each form of treatment can carry risks, Deep Brain Stimulation can have less negative side effects and complications than medication or other types of surgery. You can be sure that our team at Three Village Neurology will always determine the best course of action for your specific diagnosis. 

Neurologist For Epilepsy On Long Island:

Disorders of the brain can be a scary situation for our patients to experience. At Three Village Neurology, we want to help alleviate your stress by providing top-quality care.  Dr. James Bruno, our neurologist for epilepsy on Long Island, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Contact us today to learn how Dr. Bruno can help you manage life with epilepsy once and for all.