Epilepsy Treatment Centers
What is an Epilepsy Treatment Center?
An epilepsy treatment center specializes in the treatment of epilepsy. It is part of a hospital and has a team of experts who have training and experience in epilepsy care.
Members of the epilepsy care team may include:
· Epileptologists: Physicians who have specialized in neurology (neurologist) and go on to further specialize in epilepsy care.
· Neurosurgeons: Surgeons who specialize in surgery in the brain.
· Neuropsychologists: A psychologist who specializes in understanding the relationship between the physical brain and behavior.
· Nurse Specialists
· EEG Technologists
· Social Workers
· And there may also be dietitians and others to help with your care.
Who should go to a Treatment Center?
Anyone with epilepsy can be treated at an epilepsy treatment center. We recommend those who have epilepsy be treated at an epilepsy treatment center if your epilepsy is not in good control (also called intractable or refractory epilepsy.) A treatment center can also help diagnose epilepsy or the types of seizures a person is having.
Treatment Centers are at children’s (pediatric) and adult hospitals.
How do I get into a Treatment Center?
Depending on your insurance, you may need a referral to make your first appointment at an Epilepsy Treatment Center. Check with your insurance company to find out it’s requirements. If you need a referral, ask your currant doctor for a referral to a center. You can also ask your doctor’s office to contact the Treatment Center to make your first appointment.
You’ll also want to make sure the hospital where there Treatment Center is located accepts your insurance. All Treatment Centers will take Medicaid and Medicare.
Sometimes it can take some time to get into a Treatment Center if you are a new patient. Be patient. Take your appointment date and do not miss it. After you are an established patient it can be easier to get in to see a doctor.
Created 5/19. Info from Epilepsy Foundation and the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.