Freedom from seizures and/or side effects is possible for many patients through drug therapy or minimally invasive surgery. When seizures cannot be controlled with medication alone, Newport Neurospecialists group offers the latest techniques in surgical intervention.
Our mission is to improve each patient’s overall quality of life by providing quality care tailored to individual needs. Our Epilepsy Program offers comprehensive treatment through a patient centered, integrated approach.
One person in 26 will develop epilepsy over their lifetime. One in ten will experience a seizure over the lifetime. For those who have suffered their first seizure, it is MISSION CRITICAL to determine whether you are likely to have future seizures. For those with a diagnosis of epilepsy or “seizure disorder,” it is MISSION CRITICAL to determine the cause of seizures and the most appropriate treatment, which may include medications, diet, neurostimulation or surgery.
All patients with recurrent seizures should be evaluated by an epilepsy specialists or epileptologists as Dr. David Millett and Dr. James Park in order to maximize their chances of becoming free of seizures and medication side effects.
For approximately two-thirds of patients with epilepsy or a seizure disorder, seizures can be controlled with an anticonvulsant medications. For the remaining one-third of patient who suffer from disabling seizures despite medications, there are a number of highly effective treatment options.
Identifying the most effective treatment options begins with:
- A comprehensive diagnostic evaluation
- A complete medical history
- A neurological examination
- Neuroimaging (MRI) and EEG study.
- Anticonvulsant medications and/or dietary therapy
Patients who continue to suffer from disabling seizures despite initial therapy, however, often require a more advanced diagnostic evaluation. This may include video-EEG monitoring, functional neuroimaging (such as PET, SPECT or MEG) and occasionally invasive video-EEG monitoring with electrodes placed directly over or into suspected areas of seizure origin within the brain. Once the focus or network of seizure activity is localized, seizures can often be eliminated by removing the source or seizures such as a scar (sclerosis), brain malformation or tumor. If surgical removal or ablation of the abnormal tissue cannot be safely performed, implanted neurostimulators can detect the electrical onset of seizures, and deliver an electrical current designed to terminate the seizure or reduce its severity and duration.
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Concussions | Sleep | Epilepsy | Stroke | Neurodiagnostics | Neurophysiology
Traumatic brain injuries that are caused by a blow to the head or body that jars or shakes the brain.
A stroke is the sudden onset of focal neurological symptoms due to a sudden injury to the brain.
A common neurological disorder that is often known to cause uncontrollable seizures.
Poor sleep has been linked to several health issues which include high blood pressure, blood sugar instability and weight gain.
The use of advanced healthcare technology to diagnose seizures and other neuromuscular disorders.
The interface of sleep and neurology determines medical issues and disorders related to both disease and wellness.
What Our Patients Have To Say About Our Healthcare Services
“I’m very thankful for the wonderful staff and physicians at Hoag. I was treated extremely well and everyone seemed genuinely concerned about my well being.”
“My memory and naming ability are awesome now. My husband said from the moment I woke up from surgery, ‘The old Tiffany is back.’ Dr. Millett and Dr. Liu are phenomenal. I am so grateful for the help they’ve given me.”
“Dr. Schrage was like a godsend to me, someone who could finally provide me with the help that I so desperately needed. After my first consultation with Dr. Schrage, I knew she was the right medical professional for me.”