The Department of Epileptology at Aster RV Hospitals in Bengaluru aims at facilitating and expanding epilepsy care with a comprehensive care approach backed by sound academic and technological foundations.
Why Choose Aster Bengaluru's Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Center?
We have a specialized program for the assessment, medical and surgical treatment of epilepsy in both children and adults. Our comprehensive pre-surgical evaluation is available for patients whose seizures cannot be managed fully with anti-epileptic medications.
One million Indians have medically refractory seizures.
Approximately 5 -6 lakh people are candidates for epilepsy surgery in India.
Still... Just about 500-600 epilepsy surgeries per year are performed.
We aim to bridge this gap and believe that every person with epilepsy deserves comprehensive and individualized care.
Our goal is to help our patients achieve seizure freedom without side effects, lead healthy and independent lives.
We boast of a certified epileptologist trained in both adult and pediatric epilepsy, guiding a multi-disciplinary team to address the complex needs of adults and children with epilepsy.
Our team of dedicated healthcare specialists and support staff participate in the evaluation and treatment of our epilepsy patients who come here from across the country and around the world.
Epileptologist, pediatric and adult neurologists; neurosurgeons; neuroradiologists; nuclear medicine physicians; nurse specialists; pharmacists; physical, occupational and speech therapists; dietitians; neuropsychologists; educational counselors and social workers; and a team of scientists and technologists all work together to provide personalized medical care to adults and children. Consult the Best Epilepsy Specialists in Bangalore at Aster RV Hospital.
Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Center is equipped with state-of-the-art video EEG monitors used for both pre-surgical evaluation and syndromic classification of the epilepsy subtypes. Round the clock neurotechnologies, nursing, and medical support are provided to the patients admitted for long-term and short-term video EEG monitoring.
Patients are offered 3T MRI as part of their evaluation. Advanced neuroimaging modalities are conducted in selected patients such as functional MRI (fMRI), EEG-fMRI co-registration, diffusion-tensor Imaging (DTI), volumetric MRI, T2 relaxometry, ASL, etc.
Weekly patient management conferences are conducted by the team aimed at problem-solving and surgical selection of patients with refractory epilepsy who have undergone pre-surgical evaluation. Other additional facilities available, which aid in the diagnosis and management of patients with epilepsy include invasive monitoring with intracranial EEG.
Aster RV Hospital, JP Nagar is the one among the hospitals in the private sector to have an intraoperative MRI facility in the state of Karnataka. Intraoperative MRI helps in the safe resection of the epileptogenic lesion. In addition, facilities such as intraoperative neuromonitoring systems, neuronavigation systems, and other technology that facilitate neurosurgeons to perform extremely safe surgery to patients, reducing morbidity and mortality to a great extent.
New-Onset Seizure Clinic
Complex Epilepsy Clinic
Routine 32 channel digital video EEG
Round-the-clock, long-term 128 channel video EEG monitoring
Functional MRI and WADA study to assess eloquent cortex regions.
A Seizure is a condition in which sudden, uncontrolled electrical irregularity occurs in our brain. It may cause changes in behavior, movements or feelings, and levels of consciousness.
2. What is epilepsy?
Patients having two or more seizures or a tendency to have recurrent seizures, are termed to be having epilepsy.
3. How long do seizures usually last?
Usually, a seizure may last from a few seconds to a few minutes, based on the type of seizure.
4. What are the major types of seizures?
Sometimes it is difficult to determine when a person is having a seizure. A person with a seizure may look confused or as if they are staring at something that is not there. Other seizures can cause a person to fall, shake, and become unaware of what’s going on around them.
Seizures are classified into two groups.
Generalized seizures affect both sides of the brain.
Focal seizures affect just one area of the brain. These seizures are also called partial seizures.
5. If I have a seizure, then does it mean that I have epilepsy?
Not always. Seizures can also happen because of other medical problems. These problems include:
A high fever.
Alcohol or drug withdrawal.
Low blood sugar.
6. What causes epilepsy?
Epilepsy can be caused due to various conditions that affect a person’s brain. Some known causes include:
Traumatic brain injury or head injury
The cause of epilepsy is unknown for 2 in 3 people. This kind of epilepsy is termed as cryptogenic or idiopathic.
Developmental anomalies of the brain
Loss of oxygen to your brain. Example: Birth time
7. What are the steps for epilepsy surgery?
Once you are being considered for epilepsy surgery, you will have to undergo three major steps
consensus decision and
In pre-surgical evaluation, we decide the specific portions of your brain which are responsible for this epilepsy with different tests, clinical evaluations, etc. And a team of doctor specialists from various related fields meet together to discuss and reach a consensus about the type of surgery you will need. A final plan is decided in the multidisciplinary meeting.
8. What is pre-surgical evaluation for epilepsy surgery?
The pre-surgical evaluation consists of various domains. Most important is video EEG followed by investigations like MRI, PET scan, SPECT scan. This MRI scan performed here is not the regular MRI but a customized scan which will depend on recordings of your video EEG. A neuropsychological assessment is also a vital part of presurgical evaluation which gives important insight into the localization and potential problems you will be having after surgery. Once all these investigations are ready, it is generally discussed in meetings to reach a consensus about the plan.