Epilepsy Program

University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro's Epilepsy Program provides comprehensive and compassionate outpatient and inpatient services for adults and children who have seizure disorders. Our program is committed to providing skilled and compassionate care that focuses on achieving successful outcomes, continuity of care and quality of life.

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition that produces sudden disturbances in the normal electrical function of the brain. This causes seizures that affect an individual’s awareness, movement, sensations or behavior. More than 3 million Americans have been diagnosed with epilepsy, and 200,000 new cases occur each year.1 The disorder can occur at any age but is especially common in children and older adults.

A Team Approach to Your Care

The Epilepsy Program at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro focuses on a team approach to your care. Each of our board certified specialists works closely with your personal physician as well as our skilled nursing and technical staff, which includes board certified electroencephalographers.

Comprehensive Care

Our Epilepsy Program offers you comprehensive evaluation, neurodiagnostic and treatment services. Our care includes:

  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Long-term epilepsy monitoring
  • Medication and side-effect monitoring
  • Nutritional guidance
  • Physical evaluations
  • Psychosocial support
  • State-of-the-art digital and video EEG
  • Vagal nerve stimulation

After reviewing your medical history, our board certified physicians will develop an individualized plan of care just for you. Our specially trained technologists utilize advanced, noninvasive technology, including digital electroencephalo-graphy (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and CT scanning. Digital and video EEGs and long-term monitoring are performed in our state-of-the-art Neurophysiology Laboratory.

Long-term Epilepsy Monitoring

For patients whose seizures are not responding to outpatient treatment or who are uncertain about the cause of their seizures, inpatient long-term epilepsy monitoring at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro provides even more comprehensive care.

Candidates for long-term epilepsy monitoring will be admitted to the hospital for observation using video and digital recording. Highly sophisticated and precise, long-term monitoring pinpoints electrical activity in the brain during seizures. The results help your treatment team identify the origin, type and frequency of seizures, and aid in the development of your treatment plan.

Vagal Nerve Stimulation

For many people with epilepsy, anti-seizure medicines provide relief. For patients whose seizures are not controlled by medication, vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) may be an option. VNS is designed to control seizures by sending small pulses of electrical energy to the brain through a small implant. The procedure is used in adults and children 12 and older.

Referrals & Hours of Operation

For a personal evaluation, a referral from your primary care provider is required. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information about UMCPP's Epilepsy Program, call 1.609.853.7530

1http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org