Check Your Health | Stories - Treating Epilepsy
Monday, September 23 2013, 02:06 PM MDT
Treating Epilepsy
(KUTV) Treating epilepsy can sometimes be a tricky thing. 

Most patients take medications, which can sometimes come with side effects.

At Intermountain Medical Center, doctors are taking a different approach to help people out.
For the last few days Ron Yates has been at Intermountain Medical Center. He is hooked up to monitors and being watched around the clock as doctors wait for him to have a seizure.

Ron has lived with seizures for many years, he has tried to hide it from his family and friends.

Ron told us medications aren't working, so doctors are now trying to decide if he could benefit from other treatment options.

Doctor Tawnya Constatnino is medical director of the Intermountain Medical Center’s Epilepsy Clinic. She says traditionally medication is used to control epilepsy, but those medications can have side effects..

The good news, according to Dr. Constatino, is there are more treatment options available. There is the Vagal Nerve Stimulator and surgery is also an option.

Mary Nickles has more on the story.

(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
Treating Epilepsy

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