Treatment Options

Our epilepsy program provides access to the latest developments in treatments to control seizures. Available therapies offered include common strategies such as anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) and epilepsy surgery.

We are also leaders in providing more specialized treatments, including alternative diet therapy, device implantation, immunological therapy, and hormone therapy. 

Epilepsy often can be controlled with medication. However, if your epilepsy cannot be controlled with medication, UT Southwestern Medical Center has physicians highly skilled in brain imaging, monitoring, and other advanced medical techniques to localize, and in some cases surgically remove, the focus of the seizures.

ROSA Technology Supports Minimally Invasive Surgical Technique 

We’re among the first three hospitals in Texas to use the Robotized Stereotactic Assistant (ROSA), which is based on technology that combines GPS-like mapping software with a robotic arm to provide accurate measurements and precise movements. Using ROSA to assist, our neurosurgeons can pinpoint the source of seizures and then treat them.

The first step in using ROSA is to program coordinates into its software system. The robot’s arm then helps guide the placement of electrodes at exact points in the patient’s brain, pointing to precise locations where abnormal electrical signals may be causing seizures. Once pinpointed, those areas can be targeted for treatment to stop or reduce seizure activity. Using ROSA reduces operating time, shortens recovery time, and improves overall safety.

The first ROSA procedure at UT Southwestern was performed in July 2015 at Zale Lipshy University Hospital.