Uncontrolled seizures caused by epilepsy are disruptive. At AHN, we provide the resources you need to manage the physical and emotional effects of epilepsy so you can live your best life.
Misfiring nerve cells in the brain can result in seizures. Epilepsy is a brain disorder marked by recurring (more than one) seizures.
At AHN Neuroscience Institute, our team of epilepsy specialists uses sophisticated diagnostic tests to determine what is causing your seizures. We then work with you to find the best therapies and treatments to help you manage your symptoms so you can focus on enjoying life.
Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes recurring seizures. Things that can cause epilepsy include:
People experience seizures differently. Common symptoms include:
Our care team specializes in treating patients with epilepsy. We get to know your entire medical history and any life experiences that may put you at higher risk for epilepsy, such as illegal substance use or repeated head injuries from sports. After a thorough physical examination, your physician may recommend one or more tests, including:
If your seizures persist after trying multiple treatments, your physician may ask you to undergo advanced testing in our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit so we can learn more about your symptoms. At this unit, located at Allegheny General Hospital, you receive care from dedicated nurses and doctors who are trained in epilepsy.
We use advanced technology, such as EEG, to record as much detail as possible about your seizures, in a safe and controlled environment. We also have a ROSA ONE® Brain robotic platform, which helps surgeons plan and perform precise minimally invasive neurosurgeries for epilepsy.
We use the latest treatments, which may include medication, surgery, or both. Your care team will tailor a treatment plan that addresses your needs. Our goal is to find therapies that manage your symptoms and maximize your quality of life.
We may recommend one or more of these treatments:
Medications effectively control seizures for two-thirds of people with epilepsy. We offer more than 25 different epilepsy medications that help treat seizures. Sometimes finding the right combination of medications and dosage may take a few months. Your physician will work closely with you to determine which combination is best for you.
We participate in multiple research studies that pursue new treatments for epilepsy. We can offer our patients the latest treatments, such as new medications, before they are widely available.
If you have recurrent seizures despite trying at least two different anti-epileptic medicines, then you may be a candidate for surgery. Our fellowship-trained surgeons have expertise in performing intricate robotic and minimally invasive surgical procedures to treat patients whose symptoms are not controlled with medications. Our advanced testing helps us determine which part of the brain causes your seizures, so we can use the most effective surgical approach.
Surgical treatment options include:
To schedule an appointment or learn more about services at the AHN Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, call (412) 359-8850.
If you're an existing patient, you can also call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 in Pittsburgh or request an appointment with AHN neuroscience services.