Neurologist Naoum Issa, MD looking at a brain scan with a male patient.
Neurologist Naoum Issa, MD, specializes in offering advanced treatment options for epilepsy that is resistant to anti-seizure medications.

Comprehensive Approach, Individualized Epilepsy Treatment

As a Level 4 National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) epilepsy center, UChicago Medicine meets the highest standards for epilepsy treatment and care. We put our patients first when developing treatment plans, and our ultimate goal is to control or even cure your epilepsy. Whether your seizures are straightforward and easy to control or have a rare case, you can expect high-quality care from our expert team. When you come to us, you can expect treatment customized to your condition.

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Epilepsy Surgery and Device Therapies

If your seizures cannot be controlled with medications, surgery may provide the best opportunity for you to achieve seizure freedom. At UChicago Medicine, we offer advanced surgical and device therapies that are not widely available, including new options for patients not previously considered candidates for surgery due to the location of their seizure source (such as near brain regions that control speech, movement or vision).

If we can pinpoint the origin of your seizures within the brain, what we call the "seizure focus," epilepsy surgery may work for you. We perform sophisticated, non-invasive source localization, which reduces the need for open surgical procedures during pre-surgical evaluation. This comprehensive testing helps our experts determine if surgery is an option and which procedure may have the best chance for success.

There are several types of surgeries and neurostimulation devices to treat epilepsy, including:

General Treatment Options for Epilepsy

Your treatment plan will depend upon a number of factors, including:

  • Type of seizures you have
  • How the seizures affect you
  • Your age
  • Your lifestyle