University Hospital Bonn
Department of Adult and Pediatric Epileptology (286125)
Specialized in: adult and pediatric epileptology
About the Department of Adult and Pediatric Epileptology at University Hospital Bonn
The Department of Adult and Pediatric Epileptology at the University Hospital Bonn offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment for adults and children with epilepsy and other types of convulsive disorders. Special attention is paid to the surgical treatment of epilepsy. Together with the Department of Neurosurgery, the department forms one of the world's largest Centers for Epilepsy Surgery. The center has an impeccable reputation and regularly treats a large number of patients from both Germany and abroad. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Rainer Surges.
The primary and most common treatment option for epilepsy is drug therapy. An important prerequisite for the prescription of an effective treatment regimen is an accurate diagnostics of the causes of epileptic syndrome. The department's doctors have at their disposal all the advanced options, which allow to determine the epileptic disorder with the best possible accuracy and prescribe an optimal treatment. If necessary, for example, in the development of side effects or the continuation of attacks, the department's specialists carry out an outpatient correction therapy.
If drug therapy does not allow to achieve the desired result, epilepsy may be treated surgically. Today, epilepsy surgery is a proven and recognized treatment option. The surgery to remove the pathological region in the brain is possible only in the case of focal epilepsy. Many special surgical techniques are available for the surgical treatment. The patients who cannot undergo surgery in order to remove tissues can receive palliative surgical treatment. After successful surgery, the patient must continue to take medicines for another 1-2 years. The further correction of drug therapy is carried out on an outpatient basis.
Other effective treatment methods include vagus nerve stimulation, deep brain stimulation, etc. For example, deep stimulation is indicated in severe types of epilepsy, when various medications do not allow for the desired reduction of seizures, and prompt treatment is not possible or has not led to the desired result.
The offered service range is complemented by alternative treatment strategies. These include, for example, a ketogenic diet, which has proven the effectiveness in treatment of children with severe forms of the disease. The department's specialists also offer psychotherapy services, which also help to reduce the frequency of seizures, but do not replace drug therapy. Thus, the department offers all the modern medical options, and it is also actively engaged in further improving of the methods used. The department ranks among the top German Epilepsy Centers.
The therapeutic range of the department includes:
Vagus nerve stimulation
Deep brain stimulation
Alternative treatment methods
Other diagnostic and therapeutic options
Curriculum vitae of Prof. Dr. med. Rainer Surges
Prof. Dr. med. Rainer Surges is the Head Physician of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Epileptology at the University Hospital Bonn. Prior to that, he served as a Managing Senior Physician at the same hospital. In 2007, he completed a two-year training course at the Queen Square Institute of Neurology, University College London. During his studies at this institute, he began active work on clinical research, which laid the foundation for modern projects in the development of mobile systems for the detection of seizures. Prof. Surges worked for two years at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen, after which he continued his clinical practice in the Department of Adult and Pediatric Epileptology at the University Hospital Bonn.
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