Neurosciences Volumes and Outcomes

In 2012, 80 percent of our patients were free of disabling seizures after having temporal lobe epilepsy surgery at Children’s.

What does this data mean?
This graph shows how patients were affected by temporal lobe epilepsy surgery.  For the past three years, all of our patients have been either free of disabling seizures or almost seizure free after this surgery. In 2012, 80 percent of our patients were free of disabling seizures after having temporal lobe epilepsy surgery at Children’s.

Epilepsy surgery is only for patients that are on three or more medicines and still do not have their seizures under control. It does not include children who had a vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) surgery.

Why do outcomes matter?
Seizures can change a child’s movements, feelings and behaviors, and prevent them from just being a kid. Our goal is to strive for seizure-free lives for our patients.

The team of experts has treated hundreds of children with some of the most complex seizure disorders.

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 electroencephalogram (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 have 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 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.