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Best hospitals and doctors for epilepsy treatment abroad

The selection of doctors and clinics is carried out on the basis of annual qualification reports. The main selection criterion is the number of operations or procedures performed. It takes into account experience, reputation in the medical society, the availability of quality certificates and high specialization in a certain field.

Cost for treatment

Epilepsy diagnosis
 from  1596
Epilepsy treatment with MRI-guided laser ablation of epileptic foci
 from  53582
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) and implantation of neurostimulator by epilepsy
 from  23951

University Hospital Bonn

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Bonn

Department of Adult and Pediatric Epileptology

The University Hospital Bonn was founded on 1st January 2001 as a public law institution. It was founded on the site of the former departments of the Medical University.  The University Hospital provides medical care, modern highly effective medicine and plays a part in the public health care.
Epilepsy diagnosis
5000
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) and implantation of neurostimulator by epilepsy
67555

Beta Klinik Bonn

9.7/10
location_onGermany, Bonn

Department of Neurology and Epileptology

Beta Klinik is a modern hospital which consists of 30 specialized departments. The hospital is equipped with the state-of-the-art equipment of the university level. The operating rooms, an intensive care unit and the rehabilitation center correspond to the highest standards. It also concerns highly qualified physicians of the ho
Epilepsy diagnosis
4957
Epilepsy treatment with MRI-guided laser ablation of epileptic foci
63082 help53582
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) and implantation of neurostimulator by epilepsy
67624

Bundeswehr Academic Hospital Berlin

10/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Neurology

The Bundeswehr Academic Hospital Berlin is a modern medical facility that offers first-class medical care in the field of emergency care, traumatology, urology, internal medicine, surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, nuclear medicine and other focuses. The hospital has 15 specialized departments, medical teams of which guarantee th
Epilepsy diagnosis
4600 help3900
Diagnosis and 24-hour video EEG by epilepsy
10144
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of epilepsy
8696

Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

9.9/10
location_onIsrael, Tel Aviv

Department of Neurology

The Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) is the second largest and one of the most advanced healthcare and research institutions in Israel. Founded in 1961, it still enjoys popularity among the local population and draws thousands of international patients.  Today the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center is a huge multid
Epilepsy diagnosis
4324
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) and implantation of neurostimulator by epilepsy
58623
Diagnosis and 24-hour video EEG by epilepsy
10174

Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel Bielefeld

9/10
location_onGermany, Bielefeld

Department of Epileptology

Since its foundation in 1867, the goal of the v. Bodelschwingh's Foundation Bethel was to facilitate the lives of people with an epilepsy. With 955 beds and seats in various facilities, services, counseling centers and hospitals and more than 25 years of experience in epilepsy surgery, v. Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel prov
Epilepsy diagnosis
5423
Diagnosis and 24-hour video EEG by epilepsy
11234
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of epilepsy
9612

Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Neurology

Being the medical school for both Humboldt University and Free University of Berlin and having a long experience, the Charite Hospital has gained wide recognition. It is regarded as one of the most research-intensive medical facilities in Germany and the largest university medical center in Europe. With more than 100 c
Epilepsy diagnosis
5500
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) and implantation of neurostimulator by epilepsy
92708
Diagnosis and 24-hour video EEG by epilepsy
14529

University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

10/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Neurology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich is regularly ranked among the best medical institutions in Germany! The hospital is the largest multidisciplinary medical facility, as well as a leading research and training center in Germany and Europe. The hospital is proud of i
Epilepsy diagnosis
5495
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) and implantation of neurostimulator by epilepsy
58186
Diagnosis and 24-hour video EEG by epilepsy
11183

University Hospital Cologne

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Cologne

Department of Neurology

The University Hospital Cologne is included in the Focus magazine rating of top German hospitals 2017 and offers patients first-class medical care meeting the latest medical advancements. Both doctors and researchers of the hospital are constantly searching for new techniques in the field of diagnosis and treatmen
Epilepsy diagnosis
5100
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) and implantation of neurostimulator by epilepsy
59297
Diagnosis and 24-hour video EEG by epilepsy
10158

University Hospital Saarland Homburg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Homburg

Department of Neurology

The University Hospital Saarland is the largest hospital in the city of Homburg and the most important medical facility in the region. The hospital, which currently has 30 specialized departments and 20 institutes, was founded in 1947 and operates on the basis of the Saarland University. The hospital plays a leading role in medi
Epilepsy diagnosis
4764
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) and implantation of neurostimulator by epilepsy
55396
Diagnosis and 24-hour video EEG by epilepsy
9342

University Hospital Ulm

8.73571/10
location_onGermany, Ulm

Department of Nephrology

The University Hospital Ulm started its activities 35 years ago and during this time it has become one of the most prestigious medical institutions in Europe. The hospital is famous for its numerous discoveries and the world-class achievements in medicine and pharmaceuticals. The medical facility has 29 specialized departments a
Epilepsy diagnosis
5237
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) and implantation of neurostimulator by epilepsy
54979
Diagnosis and 24-hour video EEG by epilepsy
10557

HELIOS Clinic Krefeld

9.7/10
location_onGermany, Krefeld

Department of Neurology

Founded in 2014, the HELIOS Clinic Krefeld is one of the most modern medical facilities in Germany today. A team of highly qualified specialists, innovative medical equipment and comfortable accommodation conditions – the clinic has everything to make the treatment run smoothly and efficiently. Having crossed the threshold
Epilepsy diagnosis
0.00
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) and implantation of neurostimulator by epilepsy
55518
Diagnosis and 24-hour video EEG by epilepsy
9301

Academic Hospital Asklepios Barmbek Hamburg

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Hamburg

Department of Neurology

As an Academic Hospital of the University of Hamburg, the Asklepios Barmbek Hospital offers a wide range of medical services in the field of conservative and surgical treatment. The hospital was opened in 2005 and today it is one of the best and modern medical centers in Europe. The main areas of specialization of the healt
Epilepsy diagnosis
4991
Diagnosis and 24-hour video EEG by epilepsy
10067

Samitivej Hospital Bangkok

9.6/10
location_onThailand, Bangkok

Department of Neurology

Samitivej offers international-standard healthcare services in several hospital locations in the greater Bangkok area. The main hospital Samitivej Sukhumvit in Bangkok (Thailand) provides international-standard healthcare with JCI accreditation. Built in 1979, the hospital’s commitment to quality care and innovation has ke
Epilepsy diagnosis
1884.2 help1596
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) and implantation of neurostimulator by epilepsy
29860.4 help24935
Diagnosis and 24-hour video EEG by epilepsy
4036.2 help3507

Vivantes Humboldt Hospital Berlin

9.7/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Neurology with a Treatment Center of Acute Disorders of Cerebral Circulation and Epilepsy

An academic clinic of the university medical complex Charité, the Vivantes Humboldt Hospital is one of the largest specialized medical institutions in Berlin. The hospital is famous for its impeccable reputation in the field of traumatology, orthopedics, urology and gynecology, as well as treatment of oncological diseases
Epilepsy diagnosis
5000
Diagnosis and 24-hour video EEG by epilepsy
10676
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of epilepsy
8869

Sana Hospital Duisburg

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Duisburg

Department of Neurology and Early Neurological Rehabilitation

The Sana Hospital Duisburg is a maximum care medical center with 678 beds and 17 specialized departments. With the very latest innovations and high quality patient care, the clinic works for the benefit of a person and their health. The hospital ranks among the leading clinics in the region. In 2013, the hospital
Epilepsy diagnosis
5040
Diagnosis and 24-hour video EEG by epilepsy
9877
Neurological rehabilitation Phase C
814

Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa

9.8/10
location_onIsrael, Haifa

Department of Neurology

Rambam Health Care Campus is the largest and the most advanced hospital in Northern Israel. Founded in 1938, the medical center has a long history and a rich experience in providing comprehensive medical services in all medical specialties. Ramdam serves over 2 million residents of the country, as well as the Israel Defense Forc
Epilepsy diagnosis
4897 help4237
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) and implantation of neurostimulator by epilepsy
68377 help58377
Diagnosis and 24-hour video EEG by epilepsy
11005 help9805

About the disease

Epileptic attacks are caused by abnormal electrical impulses in the brain and temporary disturbance of sensory, autonomic or mental functions against this background. Epileptic seizure begins when electrical impulses in the brain become too intense. By normalizing impulses formation, modern antiepileptic drugs can help the patients to get rid of the attacks in 65% of cases. These same drugs can significantly reduce the number of attacks by 20%. Thus, the basic epilepsy treatment is the prolonged consumption of medicine with regular medical examinations.

The epilepsy is generally classified as a "symptomatic" disease. The biggest risk factor of epilepsy is a genetic predisposition, when there are significant structural changes in the brain. Some other causes are brain injury or brain tumor.

Other trigger factors include:

  • Stressful situations
  • Alcoholism
  • Tobacco consumption
  • Sleepless nights
  • Hormonal disbalance during the menstruation
  • Premature failure of the special treatment, if any has been assigned

Symptoms

If there are pathological loci in two hemispheres of the brain, the patient may experience numbness in the certain parts of his body (face, legs, hands). Also, the epilepsy symptoms may manifest themselves in the short bouts of visual, olfactory, auditory or smell hallucinations. The patient does not lose his consciousness during such seizures. On the contrary, the patient may retell in detail his feelings in the particular moment he lost control. Partial attacks usually last not more than 25 seconds.

The most frightening seizure is the generalized seizure. There are convulsive and non-convulsive (absences) types of generalized seizure. At the beginning of the attack (the tonic phase) the person experiences tension of muscles and shortness of breath. He usually can not withhold a piercing scream, which in most cases results in biting his tongue. After 9-15 seconds clonic phase comes with the muscle contractions, until they finally relax. Such attacks usually disappear spontaneously after a few minutes (3-6 minutes). Then the person feels drowsiness, perplexion, confusion, headache, sluggishness and wants to go to sleep immediately.

Seizures without convulsions can happen only during the childhood and early adolescent years of the patient. During such seizures the child suddenly stops doing any previous activities and starts staring at one point without blinking. There may be trembling of the eyelids and light throwing of the head back. Attacks last only few seconds (6-21 seconds) and often go by unnoticed.

Diagnosis

There are about 35 different forms of epilepsy and different types of attacks. In addition, each epilepsy case requires individual treatment. The main diagnostic methods are

  • Neurological examination. A doctor estimates speech, concentrating, eye movements, and trembling of arms. Also he will check reflexes and ask to complete few mental functions tests.
  • Electroencephalography (EEG). EEG provides a doctor with the information about the brain electrical activity. Abnormal impulses will be perfectly seen during the examination. More advanced type of EEG is the video EEG monitoring that lasts for 24 hours.
  • Computed or magnetic resonance imaging (CT / MRI) show the brain tissue in a great detail and visualize possible epileptogenic loci.

Treatment

  • Medicamentous treatment includes lifelong intake of antiepileptic drugs. It is necessary to keep a diary of attacks to control the treatment. The patients should also maintain the day regimen and eliminate the risk factors that trigger seizures: alcohol, lack of sleep, long stay in front of a computer (especially for photosensitive epilepsy). Antiepileptic drugs are selected depending on the type and nature of seizures. The drug is usually administered in a small initial dose, with a gradual increase until the optimal clinical effect arises. If the medicine is ineffective, the doctor prescribes another one, until he finds the drug that improves the health condition of the patient.
  • Surgical treatment. When it is proven that epilepsy arises due to pathological activity of one specific brain locus, it may be possible to remove this locus and forget about seizures for good. Neurosurgical interventions must be extremely precise, as each millimeter of the brain tissue has its own important function. In modern clinics epilepsy surgery is performed with the help of Visualase neurosurgical system.
  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a kind of surgical intervention. It is performed when epilepsy is not controlled well by drugs intake. During the procedure surgeon places under the collar bone neurostimulator. It is a battery-powered device that via electrodes sends impulses to the brain and thus prevents seizures. The individual rhythm of brain stimulation is determined by the doctor, who programs the stimulator with the help computer.



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