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Is Epilepsy Surgery Right for me? New Advances in Epilepsy Surgery
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Imad Najm, MD

  • Director of Cleveland Clinic's Epilepsy Center
  • Neurological Institute
  • Cleveland Clinic

Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez, MD

  • Neurological Institute
  • Cleveland Clinic

Ten years after epilepsy surgery, 68 percent of Cleveland Clinic patients who have undergone temporal lobe resection (removal of tissue) — the most common type of epilepsy surgery — continue to be seizure free. Significant improvement in lifestyle and social interactions also may occur.

New, increasingly effective surgical strategies are continually being developed which could open up surgical treatment options for more epilepsy patients. For both children and adults, Cleveland Clinic provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment in a caring environment.

The process to decide whether you are a candidate for surgery involves a thorough medical history and physical examination, including brain wave monitoring and other tests. The goal is to identify a specific source of seizures in your brain that can be safely removed without affecting important brain controlled functions.

The Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center is committed to delivering world-class care for patients with epilepsy by providing excellent clinical management and the use of state of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and approaches. We perform clinical and translational research to improve the knowledge and treatment of epilepsy, and strive to train world-class academic epileptologists and clinical neurophysiologists.

Take advantage of this opportunity to have your questions answered by board-certified epilepsy specialists Imad Najm, M.D. and Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez M.D.

About the Doctors:
Imad Najm, MD, is Director of Cleveland Clinic's Epilepsy Center at the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute, Division of Neurosciences. Dr. Najm received his board certification in adult neurology, with an added qualification in clinical neurophysiology. Dr. Najm has over 19 years experience in neuroscience, which includes conducting numerous research projects dedicated to exploring the topic of epilepsy during this time.

Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez, MD,is a neurosurgeon with Cleveland Clinic’s Epilepsy Center and a member of our biomedical engineering team. He completed his fellowship with Cleveland Clinic in 2003 and his residency with Cleveland Clinic in 2008. His specialty interests include epilepsy surgery and medical treatment of epilepsy in children and adolescents, general neurosurgery, brain malformations causing epilepsy, brain tumors, mechanism of epileptogenesis, and vagus nerve stimulation.

To make an appointment with Dr. Najm, Dr. Gonzalez-Martinez or any of the other specialists in the Epilepsy Center at Cleveland Clinic, please call 216.636.5860 or 866.588.2264. You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/epilepsycenter

This Health Chat will open on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 to allow you to submit questions. We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the chat. Please create an account to attend the chat and submit your questions.