For Our Most Special Patients
AdventHealth for Children, formerly Florida Hospital for Children, is a destination epilepsy treatment facility — one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in the nation — able to provide your child with the most advanced diagnostics, technologies and treatments available.
Part of the secret of our success is our interdisciplinary model that allows your child's epilepsy care team to tap into the collective expertise of our entire medical staff, which includes experts in more than 30 sub-specialties. This ensures that your child will enjoy superior pediatric epilepsy care at all levels.
To treat your child, we utilize the latest advances in epilepsy medicine, including:
- 3T MRI
One of the most 3T MRI that allows surgeons to image the brain during surgery, increasing accuracy and improving outcomes. AdventHealth for Children, formerly Florida Hospital for Children, is one of only a few hospitals in the nation using this highly advanced technology in treating epilepsy.
- Nutritional Therapy
Non-surgical pediatric epilepsy treatments can include the use of anti-seizure medications and a ketogenic diet, a high-fat and low-carbohydrate regimen that has proven to help the body produce natural anticonvulsants.
- Resective Surgery
If the location of seizures can be identified, resective surgery may be recommended, which allows surgeons to remove the part of the brain cortex that is causing seizures. Approximately 50 to 60 percent of children who have this procedure no longer have seizures, and an additional 10 to 20 percent find that the frequency and intensity of the seizures are significantly reduced.
- Corpus Callostomy
This is used in cases of intractable atonic/tonic seizures resulting in drop attacks or secondary generalized tonic-clonic seizures where performing a complete sectioning of the corpus callosum can stop seizures from spreading from one hemisphere to the other. In three out of four cases it stops the “drop” seizures during which the child loses consciousness completely.
This surgery is usually recommended if the seizure is emanating from several different places in a hemisphere or in cases where the seizure is widespread, but still confined to one hemisphere.
- Vagus Nerve Stimulation
When seizures can’t be controlled with drugs alone, a small stimulator may be implanted below your child’s clavicle and attached to the vagus nerve. The stimulator cycles on and off during the day to control seizures.