Advanced Surgical Options for Epilepsy Treatment in Kids

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Childhood-onset epilepsy affects 1 percent of children worldwide and 25 to 30 percent of these will have medically intractable epilepsy, continuing to have seizures despite using two or more antiseizure medications.

The Epilepsy Center at Nationwide Children’s offers the most advanced approach to medically intractable epilepsy in children and adolescents. Through our patient-centered focus, our epileptologists work with families to explain available options, how the processes for the options work and the associated risks and benefits of epilepsy surgery. The epilepsy care team is devoted to providing the best option for seizure management for each patient and works closely with the primary care provider to coordinate care for patients.

Further reinforcing our commitment to providing the highest quality of care to children diagnosed with epilepsy, Nationwide Children’s is accredited as a Level 4 epilepsy center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC)—a designation reserved for programs offering the highest level of comprehensive and specialized care.

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Innovative Surgical Treatments

At Nationwide Children’s each child diagnosed with epilepsy is given an individualized treatment plan. Sometimes when medical options prove ineffective, surgical intervention is explored. Our team of experts use the most advanced techniques and techniques to treat even the most complex cases.
  • Hemispherectomy
  • Corpus callosotomy
  • Implantation of vagus nerve stimulators
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Responsive Neurostimulation (RNS)
  • Stereoelectroencephalography (Stereo EEG)
  • Robotic surgery

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Jonathan A. Pindrik, MD, is a pediatric neurosurgeon at Nationwide Children's and surgical director of the Epilepsy Surgery Program.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Adam P. Ostendorf, MD is an attending pediatric neurologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital and medical director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) and the Epilepsy Surgery Program.

Our team of experts are specially trained for diagnosing and creating individualized treatment plans for every child and all forms of pediatric intractable epilepsy, including:

  • Frontal lobe epilepsy
  • Holohemispheric epilepsy
  • Multi-lesional epilepsy (tuberous sclerosis)
  • Neocortical epilepsy
  • Parietal lobe epilepsy
  • Partial lesional and non-lesional epilepsy
  • Occipital lobe epilepsy
  • Partial non-lesional epilepsy
  • Single lesional epilepsy
  • Temporal lobe epilepsy

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