Archive for November, 2016

Advancing epilepsy care with more options, better outcomes

Epilepsy patients can benefit from more treatment options and better outcomes than ever before. The Emory Epilepsy Center is advancing care.Advancing epilepsy care with more options, better outcomes 

Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the United States, with 1 in 26 people diagnosed with epilepsy in their lifetime .

Fortunately, patients today have more treatments options that deliver better outcomes than ever before. From new medications to less-invasive approaches to surgery, there are many options to discuss with your doctor. Many patients whose seizures aren’t controlled with medication are greatly benefiting from the latest advances in surgical treatments.

Get the facts about epilepsy surgery options.

Epilepsy surgery is generally only considered an option after you have tried at least two anti-seizure medications and have not been able to gain control of your seizures. Your medical team will work closely with you to navigate the path through medicine and other treatment options before discussing surgery.

If your team begins talking about surgery, it’s important to learn about the many different treatment options and surgical approaches. Today’s advanced care includes delivering techniques that are less invasive and offer a faster recovery time including:

  • Stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG) – A surgical technique that enables neurosurgeons to pinpoint the origin of the seizures in the brain without a traditional open brain procedure making it safer and less painful.
  • Minimally invasive laser ablation – Using laser technology (light energy), this method can target the areas of the brain causing epileptic seizures. The energy is delivered through a probe to the problem area and as the temperature begins to rise, the unwanted tissue is destroyed, thereby removing the source of the seizures. During the procedure, neurosurgeons are guided by real-time MRI images giving precise control to ensure the surrounding tissue is left unharmed.

Your doctor may also discuss traditional surgical approaches, depending on what’s best for you.

Do you want to learn more about the treatment options available Emory Epilepsy Center? Yes, I want to learn more now. 

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You’re Not Alone: A Mental Health Message for our Veterans

Veterans are 15x more likely to suffer from PTSD. If you have a service-related mental health issue, you’re not alone. Get help today.Our veterans and service members are some of the most brave men and women in our country. They’re passionate and disciplined when it comes to protecting and serving our country, which is a commitment we’re grateful for every day.

The invisible wounds of war

That bravery continues off duty as well — many carry the heavy weight of the sights and experiences they encountered while serving. Consider these statistics:

  • 20 percent of veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • A 2014 JAMA Psychiatry study found PTSD to be 15 times more likely for veterans and service members compared to civilians. The same report found depression to occur 5 times more frequently among military members than civilians.
  • The same study from JAMA found 1 in 4 active duty military members suffer from a mental health condition.

PTSD, anxiety, traumatic brain injury (TBI), military sexual trauma (MST) and other mental health conditions can all occur as a result of military service. And, these health issues are every bit as serious as injuries we can see.

Healing these wounds

Our veterans and service members need access to quality mental health programs. They also need to know it’s okay to talk about their experiences. If someone you love may be suffering from a mental health issue, please check in with them regularly. Ask them how they’re doing and be ready to simply listen.

If you’re a veteran or service member suffering from any mental health symptom or condition, please reach out for help. Talk to a friend, family member or fellow veteran. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to seek professional help. You should never be embarrassed to get treatment for a mental health issue.

Honor our veterans and service members this Veterans Day by sharing this message with others. You can also help change the way the world sees mental health by taking the stigma-free pledge.

Do you want to learn more about the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program?

Yes, I want to learn more now.