Patients living with epilepsy a complex seizure disorder face many challenges. Characterized by disabling seizures triggered by abnormal electrical activity in the brain cells, the disease can manifest itself through a range of symptoms, from minor physical signs and thought disturbances to traumatic physical convulsions. Several types of seizures are easy to control, and many patients are well enough between episodes to lead normal lives. However, about 30 percent of the estimated three million Americans with epilepsy suffer with persistent seizures.
In an outstanding validation of its commitment to improving the lives of patients with epilepsy, the NYU Winthrop Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has once again been recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center. Level 4 Epilepsy Centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
"We at NYU Winthrop are proud of our Level 4 designation by the NAEC," said Mark Stecker, MD, Chairman of the Department of Neurosciences. "It reflects the sophisticated program that we have at NYU Winthrop, as well as the quality of the physicians and staff that make this possible."
"The NYU Winthrop Comprehensive Epilepsy Center offers care through a multidisciplinary team approach, using the latest diagnostic and therapeutic methods," added David Friedman, MD, Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at NYU Winthrop. "Our team of experts includes neurologists, epileptologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, neuropsychiatrists, neuroradiologists, and specialized nursing and technical teams, who work together to provide integrated, expert care. It is the emphasis on the detailed collaboration of all members of the team which makes the Epilepsy Center at NYU Winthrop of the highest quality."
NYU Winthrop's dedicated Epilepsy Monitoring Unit was designed to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who experience hard-to-treat epileptic seizures. The Unit offers prolonged 24/7 monitoring in order to identify the specific region of the brain in which each patient's seizures originate and provide the appropriate treatment to reduce or eliminate the episodes. Among the features of the Unit is extended video electro-encephalography (EEG) monitoring.
NYU Winthrop's Department for Neurosciences also offers specialized centers for Parkinson's and other movement disorders. Physicians are pioneering the use of technologically advanced approaches for diagnosis and treatment, including state-of-the-art surgical interventions and the latest generation of medication therapies.
For more information about the NYU Winthrop Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, call 1-866-WINTHROP.