SSM Health Medical Minute – SLU Hospital designated a level 4 epilepsy center

Medical Minute

ST. LOUIS – From monitoring and evaluation to treatment and surgery, the nationally accredited 8-patient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital is fully equipped to care for patients affected by epilepsy and seizures.

Designated a level 4 epilepsy center, the highest level possible, by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, SLU Hospital’s team of epilepsy specialists can provide the more complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring, as well as more extensive medical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial treatment.

SLU Hospital also offers a complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery, including intracranial electrodes and a broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy.

Epilepsy is condition that causes unprovoked, recurrent seizures. The seizures result from abnormal electrical activity in the brain, which can cause strange sensations, loss of muscle control or loss of consciousness. This common neurological disorder can affect people of all ages and has many causes.

There are many types of epilepsy syndromes defined by a specific set of features, such as the cause of the seizures, what provokes the seizures, the area of the brain affected, and how severe and frequent the seizures are. Classifying your epilepsy can help you and your doctor determine what treatments may be the most effective. In general, epilepsy is often defined in two broad categories: generalized epilepsy and focal epilepsy.

Dr. Dan Weber, a SLUCare neurologist at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, says that the team of highly trained neurologists will work with each patient to determine the best way to treat seizures. Many patients who come to SLU Hospital have exhausted all traditional options such as seizure medications and lifestyle changes, and come to SLUH to determine what to do next.

The treatment plan will depend on determining the type and cause of epilepsy. If medication and lifestyle changes have been unsuccessful, surgery may be another viable option. In certain cases, surgery can dramatically improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy. Ideal candidates for epilepsy surgery are those whose seizures originate from a single location in the brain.

To learn more about Neurosciences at SLU Hospital, click here.

The SSM Health Medical Minute airs Wednesdays on News 11 at 7 p.m. and FOX 2 News at 9 p.m.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.

Medical Minute


Healthcare information, educational topics, and cutting-edge health news happening locally. Sponsored by SSM Health

Popular

Latest News

More News