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Wolfson Children's Hospital Epilepsy and Seizures

Epilepsy and Seizures

Whether you’re seeking answers to your child’s seizures or are looking for expert management of epilepsy, Wolfson Children’s Hospital has an expert team ready to help. We provide a full range of epilepsy care for children, including monitoring, medical management and advanced surgical treatments for the most severe cases.

Walter and Michelle Stys Neuroscience Institute

Wolfson Children’s Hospital provides pediatric neuroscience services in partnership with Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville and the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville. Learn more

Epilepsy Center

The Epilepsy Center at the Stys Neuroscience Institute has a level 4 designation (highest level) from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. This means families in our area have access to a nationally recognized, specialized center serving their needs.
National Association of Epilepsy Centers

Why Wolfson

Wolfson Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the 50 best children’s hospitals in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery. Our team is involved in research and clinical trials and provides treatment options based on the latest medical advancements.

Detailed evaluation for children

At Wolfson Children’s, we know kids. Our pediatric-trained team evaluates children for medical, psychological, social and education issues. We use the latest imaging and testing to help identify what’s wrong. Also, your child can be safely monitored during seizures at our pediatric neurodiagnostic center so a proper diagnosis can be made.

Walter and Michelle Stys Neuroscience Institute

University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville Wolfson Children’s Hospital

Wolfson Children’s Hospital provides pediatric neuroscience services in partnership with Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville and the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville. Learn more

Wolfson Children's Hospital Epilepsy

Brunell Family Pediatric Neurodiagnostic Center

This child-friendly center offers advanced digital electroencephalogram (EEG) equipment for monitoring electrical activity in the brains of children with epilepsy and other seizure disorders. This sophisticated monitoring is done by pediatric specialists, together with pediatric neurologists or epileptologists.

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Treatments We Offer

After we’ve confirmed a condition, the team works together to form a treatment plan specifically for your child. For some children, epilepsy and seizures can be a temporary problem controlled with anti-seizure medication or a specialized diet and outgrown after a few years.

Epilepsy Surgery

In the most serious cases where seizures do not respond to medication, your child may be successfully treated with surgery. Wolfson Children’s Hospital is the pioneer of epilepsy surgery in Jacksonville. Since that first surgery completely transformed a young girl’s life, we’ve helped hundreds of children get back to the business of being a kid.

After evaluating if your child is a candidate for surgery, our epilepsy team discusses options with your family and creates an individualized plan. We can use several techniques to reduce or eliminate seizures.

  • Resective surgery
  • Intracranial EEG (grid electrodes) and tailored resection
  • Disconnective surgery
  • Hemispherotomy
  • Vagus nerve stimulation
  • Corpus callosotomy

Post-Operative Care

After surgery, your child is cared for in our specialized pediatric intensive care unit staffed by a team trained in children’s neurological conditions.

Wolfson Children's Hospital High Tech Neurosurgery

High-Tech Neurosurgery

Wolfson Children's is a national leader in both minimally invasive and highly complex neurological surgeries. Our state-of-the-art operating rooms are specially equipped to bring MRI to the patient during surgery. Surgeons can use the sophisticated imaging equipment during procedures to precisely guide and verify intricate repairs, all leading to better outcomes.

Our Team

The Stys Neuroscience Institute team provides compassionate, family-centered care in our state-of-the-art facility. Our team works together to create a treatment plan based on your child’s specific needs and the latest medical advancements.

Location

The Stys Neuroscience Institute serves the North Florida and South Georgia region and beyond. Wolfson Children’s is located on the south bank of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida.

Patient Stories

Jacksonville Girl Hopes for Epilepsy Cure With Surgery

Diagnosed with epilepsy, seven-year-old Madison underwent a five-hour surgery to affix a grid over her brain to determine the exact location of her seizures.

Read Madison's Story

Teen Is Seizure-Free After Brain Mapping Helps Specialists Target and Remove Focal Point

After suffering for five years with visual disturbances, headaches, nausea and exhaustion, teen Stephen and his parents wanted answers about what was causing his condition.

Read Stephen’s Story