Wisconsin's Most Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
Imagine the signals received by the traffic lights at the busiest intersection of a city becoming random and unregulated – utter chaos would ensue and injuries could occur.
In much the same way, epilepsy occurs as a result of abnormal electrical activity originating in the brain. Brain cells communicate by sending electrical signals in an orderly sequence or pattern. However, in epilepsy, these electrical signals become random and disorganized. The scrambled mass of mixed up electrical signals nearly takes on a life of its own and produces the most common of side affects of epilepsy…seizures. These jumbled electrical masses may be within a specific part of the brain or be generalized, depending on the type of epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a relatively common condition in the U.S., affecting 0.5% to 1% of the population In the United States, which translates to about 2.5 million people. In fact, about 9% of Americans will have at least one seizure during their lives.
Aurora Health Care’s epilepsy care experts help patients towards leading normal lives free from seizures and medical side effects. To achieve this, they take the time to know each patient’s individual needs and:
- create personalized epilepsy care and treatment plans
- use state-of-the-art monitoring diagnostics and advanced drug and surgical treatments
- participate in FDA-approved clinical studies, offering patients access to promising new treatment options
In addition, our Regional Epilepsy Center, located at the Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center is one of only a few comprehensive epilepsy programs in the Midwest. The Center provides specialized epilepsy care that is available to patients from any Aurora facility or affiliated physician. Patients can also contact the Regional Epilepsy Center themselves.
Learn more about Aurora’ epilepsy care and Aurora’s Regional Epilepsy Center, or call 414-385-8780.