In a new clinical venture, neurologists and neurosurgeons at the UFHealth Comprehensive Epilepsy Program carried out the first stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG) implant in April this year. SEEG is a neurosurgical technique to map seizures from deep in the brain. Results from SEEG are crucial in designing the strategy for therapeutic brain operations for patients with difficult-to-treat epilepsy. Though developed in Europe over five decades ago, SEEG has been adopted in the United States only in recent years. With the arrival of SEEG at UF, dozens of our patients with difficult-to-treat epilepsy have access to a leading-edge technology that offers hope of a cure or significant amelioration of their seizures.
SEEG marks a watershed in our clinical epilepsy program, and highlights the collaborative interdisciplinary culture of patient care at UFHealth. This first implant creates a path forward for some of our most challenging patients.
– Giridhar Kalamangalam, MD, Epilepsy Division Chief, UFHealth
SEEG represents a major addition to our epilepsy surgery program. We can now sample broader areas of the brain in a less invasive manner – the result is an advanced, yet more comfortable and safer management option for many of our difficult-to-control epilepsy patients.
-Steven N Roper, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, UFHealth