Many children with epilepsy respond well to medication and may be able to manage their condition through childhood and adolescence and might even grow out of it. However, children whose bodies don’t respond to epilepsy medications (usally after the second to third failed medication) and continue to have seizures have what is known as “refractory epilepsy” or “intractable epilepsy” - both of which mean multiple medications have failed to control a child’s seizures. These children may be candidates for epilepsy surgery.
WVU Medicine Children’s is proud to offer the absolute latest innovative pediatric epilepsy surgeries. These include:
- Neuromodulation: vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and responsive neurostimulation (RNS)
- MRI-guided laser ablation
- Deep brain stimulation
- Resective surgery, which removes the specific parts of the brain causing seizures
Learn more about the WVU Medicine Children’s Neurosurgery Program.