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Kishwaukee Hospital hosting program on new treatment options for epilepsy

Join Dr. S. Kathleen Bandt, Northwestern Medicine epilepsy surgeon, as she presents an overview of current treatment options for medication-resistant epilepsy, discusses the indications for each option, and reviews the quality of life benefits from surgery for epilepsy.

The free community wellness program will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Roberts Conference Center at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, 1 Kish Hospital Drive, DeKalb.

One of the advances in epilepsy care that Bandt will discuss is the use of a responsive neurostimulator, which acts like a cardiac pacemaker, but in the brain.

“It’s just fundamentally different and new,” Bandt said in a news release. “It’s conceptually unlike anything we’ve been doing over the last few decades, and it’s brought in patients who can finally be evaluated for surgery after decades of being told they weren’t surgical candidates.”

Additionally, the field has seen advances in minimally invasive techniques for epilepsy surgery and diagnostics. Laser ablation may be an option to treat brain tissue that is causing seizures without actually removing tissue from the brain. Further, a minimally invasive seizure diagnostic study, called stereo-EEG, may be performed by inserting electrodes through tiny holes in the skull.

To register online, visit the Kishwaukee Hospital Classes & Programs page at kishprograms.org. For more information or questions, call the community wellness coordinator at 815-748-8962 or email kishwellness@kishhealth.org.

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