Neurologists, neurophysiologists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychiatrists, nurses, nutritionists, scientists, technologists, and several other specialized disciplines work as a team carefully selecting patients who will benefit from epilepsy surgery.
The NYU CEC is a level four epilepsy center, with state-of-the-art technology and physicians with specialized training and expertise in epilepsy.
Epilepsy center professionals have devoted their careers to this medical problem. After studying the evaluation data, this team designs a custom management plan which may include surgery, medical treatment, or further testing. The team carries out the treatment, and then conducts long-term follow-up, providing the resources and advice for the best possible outcome. Eliminating seizures is one important result with the overall goal of improving the quality of life for the patient. It is understood that controlling seizures is just one aspect of improving quality of life; managing co-morbidities and social behavior are just as important.
Over the last ten years, there has been an introduction of several important new technologies in noninvasive brain surgery such as functional MRI (fMRI), MRS, MEG, and subtraction SPECT surgery. Often these new tests are needed to augment more traditional tests.