Epilepsy & Seizure Treatments

Cutting-edge treatments and skilled specialists help patients with epilepsy and seizures live fuller lives. Once you have been diagnosed with epilepsy, we can guide you to the best path of treatment to achieve your personal goals.

As every patient’s case is unique, treatment will be tailored to your specific needs. The Epilepsy Center team has access to the full range of medical, surgical and behavioral health options for epilepsy and seizures. We will balance innovation with safety to provide you with the best, most advanced options available.

Services We Offer 

Medication Management

Working with you, your primary care physician and your family and friends, we will prescribe and adjust medications as needed for your type of seizures. Our focus is on controlling the seizures and avoiding side effects. There are more than 20 medication options for epilepsy.

First Seizure Clinic

You will need a referral for an appointment at the First Seizure Clinic. After you experience the initial seizure, our specialists offer rapid, accurate diagnosis, usually within two weeks of referral.

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Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

At Hartford Hospital, we operate a specialized in-patient unit where we can record EEG during seizures to help make the most precise diagnosis. Stays last about a week so we can record continuous brain activity. Rooms on the unit are all private and offer refrigerators, TV and Wi-Fi, plus room for visitors to stay with you.

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Diet Changes

Changes in diet.

Surgical Interventions

If medications aren’t effective to control your seizures, surgeries such as laser ablation, brain surgery, deep brain stimulation and vagus nerve stimulation can be effective in controlling seizures. We do have a careful assessment to ensure that any surgical option we offer is both highly likely to help and extremely safe. Once we explain your options to you, you can decide what treatment feels right.

Refractory Epilepsy Care

Refractory epilepsy is the term given to seizures not controlled after trying two or three different medications.

The American Academy of Neurology recommends people who have refractory epilepsy be seen at comprehensive facilities like ours where specialists can recommend individualized treatment options for controlling the seizures and improving other related issues.

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Mental Health Care

We know through research that people who have seizures are more likely to also suffer from depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, psychosis and suicidal thoughts and behavior.

We are here to help you address these side effects of the epilepsy by working with mental health professionals, psychiatrists and social workers.

Mental Health & Epilepsy Brochure

Hartford HealthCare Epilepsy Center