Neurosciences Volumes and Outcomes

In 2012, nearly 60 percent of our patients were free of disabling seizures after having epilepsy surgery at Children’s.

What does this data mean?
This graph shows how children were affected by their epilepsy surgery.  In 2012, nearly 60 percent of our patients were free of disabling seizures after having epilepsy surgery at Children’s. Our epilepsy surgery outcomes continue to improve throughout the years. Epilepsy surgery is only for patients who are on three or more medicines and still do not have their seizures under control.

Why do outcomes matter?
Seizures can change a child’s movements, feelings and behaviors, and really just keeping a child from being a kid.  After having surgery, many of these children will have to take less medicine and will be able to be a kid without worrying about the constant threat of seizures.

How does Children’s help ensure we are providing high-quality care?

  • Children’s employs five pediatric neurosurgeons.
  • The Epilepsy Center team includes pediatric epileptologists (doctors who specialize in seizure disorders) and clinical team members specially trained to treat epilepsy patients, including dedicated nurse coordinators, social workers and child life specialists.
  • We use equipment that is the right size for each patient. Whether it is an anesthesia mask, blood pressure cuff or an EEG cap, we have sizes for every infant and young adult.
  • We offer epilepsy support groups dedicated to parents, patients and siblings.
  • Children’s provides kids and teens with epilepsy the chance to experience summer camp with the week-long Camp Carpe Diem.
  • We offer access to innovative drug trials and specialty clinics like the Ketogenic Diet Clinic.
  • We continue to strive for improvement by tracking our epilepsy surgery patient outcomes, participating in epilepsy research and continuing to improve our quality initiatives. We continue to add innovative technology and imaging to our Center to produce better outcomes:

    • 2004 to 2005: Began using subtraction ictal single photon emission computed tomography co-registered to magnetic resonance imaging (SISCOM) testing with video electroencephalogram (EEG) to help see where seizures start from in patients’ brains.
    • 2007: Added functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) for patients with temporal lobe lesions or localized epilepsy to provide a map for the brain and increase safety of the surgery.
    • 2008: Added dense array EEG to testing to help locate the area where the seizure is starts.

Some physicians and affiliated healthcare professionals who perform services at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta are independent providers and are not hospital employees.