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Most people with epilepsy are impaired by actual seizures for only a few minutes a month, but often become totally disabled. At MINCEP we believe it is essential to bring the seizures under complete control, but we know that much more needs to be done to minimize the secondary disability associated with epilepsy and maximize the patient's quality of life.
Feel Good About Yourself
The real issues for most adult patients are how they view themselves, how they are viewed by others, and the changes in everyday life that result from epilepsy. To live successfully with a chronic medical problem requires good support, thoughtful planning, and realistic expectations.
MINCEP outcome studies show that the average person suffers with seizures and/or side effects for about sixteen years before coming to our program for help. Even when their seizures are under control, adults who have wrestled with seizures for that many years may still feel disabled and have independence issues. Independence involves complex responsibilities and choices that may cause fear and anxiety. On the other hand, when seizures develop later in life, adults who have enjoyed an independent lifestyle may seriously resent their new dependence on medical care and medications.
MINCEP's Emphasis Is On The Whole Patient
That's why we provide the medical, educational and psychosocial support needed for the adult patient to set realistic life goals. Having a chronic health problem does not make it impossible to have a happy and productive life. "Living Well with Epilepsy" is more than the title of a book at MINCEP.
The experts at MINCEP are familiar with all the ordinary and all the new antiepileptic medicines. MINCEP is one of the most experienced and successful epilepsy surgery programs in the world.
Am I a surgical candidate? Why even think about it?
Antiepileptic medicines suppress seizures, they are not a "cure." Many patients experience side effects and toxicity from AEDs. If a patient has mesial temporal sclerosis or a lesion like a vascular malformation or tumor causing seizures, epilepsy surgery is highly likely to produce a "cure" without undue risk. These patients and many with other kinds of seizures have benefited a great deal from surgery if the work-up and procedure are performed by a competent and experienced team.
Epilepsy And Aging – Drug Interactions In The Elderly
Elderly patients are more likely to develop other medical conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. It is inevitable for patients with multiple medical problems to eventually take many different kinds of medications. These drugs may interact with one another and cause increased side effects. Elderly patients are at further risk of side effects due to inefficient liver and/or kidney functions. They are more likely to be sensitive to medications with sedative effects. We recognize these problems at MINCEP. As a consequence, we have a full-time pharmacologist on staff to help assess potential drug interactions and to custom design dosage amounts and time of administration.