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Epilepsy is the fourth-most common neurological disorder and affects people of all ages, which is why UF Health is proud to offer you exemplary and patient-centric care for this condition that impacts the nervous system. Our larger vision is to lead the state of Florida in providing top-tier comprehensive epilepsy care backed by the best technology.
Why Choose UF Health?
There are many reasons to trust UF Health to treat your epilepsy. The UF Health Shands Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is proudly acknowledged by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a Level 4 program, the highest distinction that recognizes specialized epilepsy centers that provide the more complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring, as well as more extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatment. Level 4 centers also offer a complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery, including intracranial electrodes and a broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy.
Our team has earned this reputation through a multidisciplinary team of expert physicians and health care providers that deliver innovative care to you or a loved one suffering from epilepsy. While UF offers you the traditional methods of treating epilepsy that involve antiseizure drugs and brain surgery, you also have access to advanced forms of epilepsy treatment that are hard to find elsewhere.
There are a few examples of this. Neuromodulation is a rapidly evolving method of controlling seizures, and the university has served as pioneers in a type of neuromodulatory treatment called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). UF was also part of the early trials for another form of treatment called Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS), and we have a large population of patients with VNS currently under our care.
However, as much as our epilepsy program prides itself in innovative care, the same devotion has been placed in delivering care that is both compassionate and patient-centered. The program shows this blend of heart and expertise every day, and the story below is a great example.
We Change Lives
From the age of 4, Brooklynn Nelson spent several years suffering from a type of epilepsy for which medication is not completely effective. After being brought into the UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital’s Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) by Giridhar Kalamangalam, MD, DPhil, in March of 2018, she endured 16 seizures in one 24-hour span to get to the bottom of her seizures.
Read here to see how the epilepsy division chief and his team at UF Health were the last stop in Brooklynn’s long journey to a normal teenager’s life.
We treat over 5,000 patients from North and Central Florida, as well as patients from all over Florida and the southern United States. Whether you’re suspected to have seizures or a new patient coming off your first suspected seizure or a patient with a longer history whose seizures remain difficult to manage, we offer expert evaluation to identify the problem.
For new patients, you don’t have to wait two weeks, and urgent patients are usually seen sooner. Plus, the evaluation of your seizure disorder will be detailed and unhurried. Once you are a patient, you will always have access to our staff through our phone lines and the patient portal of our electronic medical record system.
Inpatient services essentially revolve around hospitalized patients undergoing continuous EEG monitoring of some type. The service is staffed by faculty members and a variable number of residents and fellows. If you’re an epilepsy patient specifically admitted for diagnosis or presurgical workup of refractory epilepsy, the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) is a unit of the UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital specifically dedicated to serving you.
If you’re undergoing invasive EEG monitoring, you’ll be jointly managed by the epilepsy faculty, critical care faculty and the neurosurgery service in the Neurointensive Care Unit on the 4th floor of the hospital.