Epilepsy Treatments

We connect you to a full range of medical, surgical and behavioral treatment options to address your seizures and help you live a full life.

Some seizures are not epileptic, but instead are psychogenic. This means that sometimes a seizure doesn’t mean epilepsy but instead a mood or emotional problem that requires a different treatment. The Ayer Neuroscience Institute Epilepsy Center offers a variety of services and treatments. Using the latest diagnostic technology, our specialists can pinpoint a diagnosis and work to help you and your family adjust physically and emotionally to it.

The services we offer include:

First Seizure Clinic
After you’ve experienced a seizure, our specialists offer rapid, accurate diagnosis, usually within two weeks of referral. Your primary care provider can refer you.

Learn More About Our First Seizure Clinic

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU)
You might be recommended to spend up to a week inpatient on this specialized unit at Hartford Hospital where a specialized team uses video-EEG monitoring to watch and record your brainwaves day and night. By examining the information gathered during your seizures, the team can more accurately diagnose your specific condition and make the most appropriate treatment recommendations. Rooms on the unit are all private and have refrigerators, TVs and Wi-Fi, plus room for visitors to stay with you.

Learn more about the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU)

Providers: Learn about approaches to using EEG

Medication Management
Focused on controlling seizures while avoiding side effects from medicines.

Refractory Epilepsy Care
When two or three medications fail to help control seizures, the epilepsy is called refractory. The American Academy of Neurology recommends people with refractory epilepsy be seen at an epilepsy center like ours for individualized treatment options for controlling seizures and improving other related issues.

Learn More About Refractory Epilepsy

Mental Health Care for Patients with Seizures

Learn More About Mental Health Issues & Epilepsy

Treatment options to eliminate seizures and help you live a full life include:

  • More than 20 medication options
  • Changes in diet
  • Behavioral health care with mental health professionals such as psychiatrists and social workers

Surgical interventions

  • Laser ablation is a minimally-invasive technique in which a laser probe damages the specific area of the brain causing seizures
  • Resective brain surgery involves open surgery to remove the part of brain causing seizures
  • Responsive neurostimulation (NeuroPace) involves placement of a stimulator electrode in the part of the brain causing seizures so it can stop the seizures just as they begin
  • Vagus nerve stimulation is the placement of a pacemaker in the shoulder area that connects to the neck and makes it harder for seizures to occur
  • Deep brain stimulation is placement of a stimulator in the deep parts of the brain that regulate brain functions and make it harder for seizures to occur

Outpatient postsurgical care such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, neuropsychological care, and mental health and other support services.

Hartford HealthCare Epilepsy Center

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    Phone: 860.972.3600
    Fax: 860.545.5003

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