Epilepsy surgery at Children’s National Hospital is an integral part of the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program. This program is one of the largest multidisciplinary epilepsy programs in the country and members of this team are involved in up to 8,000 epilepsy-related patient visits each year.
Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program
From first-time seizures to hard-to-control (intractable) epilepsy, the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program offers a complete range of individualized treatments, including minimally invasive surgery and dietary therapies to eliminate seizures that can potentially injure a child’s brain.
Every child who may be eligible for surgery is evaluated by our team, which includes:
- Neurologists specializing in epilepsy and neurophysiology
- Pediatric epilepsy neurosurgeons
- Child psychiatrists
- Social workers with special interest in epilepsy
Choosing Children’s National for Epilepsy Surgery
Surgical treatment of epilepsy is usually the solution when a child has seizures that cannot be controlled by standard therapy with medications (and sometimes special diets such as the ketogenic diet). For an estimated 10 percent of children with epilepsy, surgery may be their best chance to live seizure-free. Learn more about our treatment methods for epilepsy surgery.
The National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) has ranked Children’s National as a Level 4 epilepsy center. Children’s National completed the NAEC accreditation process to receive Level 4 ranking, the highest level given to a location that can handle the most complex monitoring and specialized treatment, surgical options and care for patients.
At Children’s National, highlights of our epilepsy surgery program include:
Experienced Epilepsy Neurosurgeons
Pioneering Innovators in Minimally Invasive Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery
Finding the Most Minimally Invasive Solutions for Your Child
Our team of epilepsy surgeons focuses on minimally invasive epilepsy surgery, which limits approach-related surgical trauma and has been shown to improve postoperative results.