Swedish Medical Center November 06, 2019

HCA Healthcare/HealthONE's Swedish Medical Center announced today that it successfully completed deep brain stimulation surgery on a patient with epilepsy. This is the first such procedure performed at Swedish Medical Center, an accredited level 4 epilepsy center. Matt Mian, MD, functional neurosurgeon at Swedish Medical Center performed the minimally invasive procedure this week.

The procedure has been used to treat movement disorders like Parkinson's Disease for many years and was only recently approved by the FDA to use as a treatment for reducing seizures in individuals with epilepsy 18 years of age or older who are drug-resistant to three or more antiepileptic medications.

"Deep brain stimulation therapy uses an implanted medical device, comparable to a cardiac pacemaker, to deliver electrical stimulation to targeted areas of the brain," said Dr. Mian, "For patients living with epilepsy, this new procedure offers an option for patients with drug resistant seizures." Dr. Mian has performed over 200 deep brain stimulation procedures on patients with movement disorders, more than any other surgeon in the region

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 3.4 million people in the United States live with epilepsy. Antiepileptic drug (AED) medication is the main treatment to control seizures; however, approximately one third of individuals with epilepsy have seizures that do not successfully respond to these medications. Deep brain stimulation for epilepsy has the potential to minimize epilepsy symptoms for patients who suffer six or more seizures per month over the three most recent months (with no more than 30 days between seizures).

"This minimally invasive option has been proven safe and effective for the treatment of movement disorders," said Brian Thomas, vice president of neurosciences at Swedish Medical Center. "As a regional epilepsy center providing the highest level of care, we're excited to now offer this new procedure to patients who suffer from epilepsy."

To learn more about this minimally invasive surgical treatment contact Gaetha Mills, epilepsy program coordinator, (303) 788-6939 or visit our Epilepsy treatment page to get more information.