Epilepsy care at Mayo Clinic

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Mayo Clinic experts in epilepsy care work together to provide individualized care to each patient.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic's world-renowned epilepsy teams include neurologists, neurosurgeons, imaging specialists (radiologists), mental health specialists (neuropsychologists) and other professionals who work together to provide exactly the care that you, your child or your family need.

The Mayo Clinic Epilepsy Clinic brings together these experts to offer care that's focused on not just the patient, but their family. Children with epilepsy visiting the Mayo Clinic Children's Center receive compassionate, warm care that focuses on the whole family's integral role in epilepsy treatment.

Having all of this subspecialized expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you're not just getting one opinion. Your care is discussed among the team, your test results are available quickly, appointments are scheduled in coordination, and the most highly specialized epilepsy experts in the world are all working together for — and with — you and your family.

What might take months to accomplish elsewhere can typically be done in only a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.

Care focused on you Care focused on you

At Mayo Clinic, doctors take the time to listen and understand your concerns so that you get exactly the care you need.

Personalized care Personalized care

At Mayo Clinic, your doctor takes the time to listen to you and understand your needs.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

New technologies can accurately identify the seizure focus.

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New techniques lead to more precise diagnosis and better treatment.

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Electrical Brain Stimulation for Epilepsy.

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Below the surface of pediatric epilepsy.

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Mayo Clinic epilepsy care teams use advanced technology, including subtraction ictal SPECT coregistered to MRI (SISCOM), electroencephalography, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography and other tests to accurately diagnose epilepsy. Each Mayo Clinic location offers inpatient video-EEG epilepsy monitoring.

With state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities, Mayo Clinic experts are constantly seeking medical discoveries and innovations for people with epilepsy. Today's research teams are studying potential treatments, including new medications and new surgical options. A variety of clinical trials and other clinical studies may be available to you at Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic epilepsy care teams have experience treating epilepsy to eliminate seizures or reduce the frequency and intensity of seizures, in children and adults. Treatment options at Mayo Clinic include medications, vagus nerve stimulation, surgery, awake brain surgery, ketogenic diet and more.

Mayo Clinic is one of the leading deep brain stimulation implantation sites in the country — and one of the few facilities to have offered this advanced procedure prior to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Deep brain stimulation can significantly reduce seizures in people whose epilepsy is difficult to treat. Experts at Mayo Clinic have performed deep brain stimulation for a decade with good effectiveness, so they're able to offer you the highest levels of safety and experience.

Patients with focal epilepsy who can't undergo surgery may have another option at Mayo Clinic — subthreshold cortical stimulation. This therapy stops seizures before they start and offers better reduction in seizures and improvements in quality of life compared to other types of nerve stimulation.

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The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

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    Baby a blessing for woman who had deep brain stimulation for epilepsy

    For nearly 10 years, Sheri Finstad suffered from seizures that couldn't be controlled with medication ― a situation that happens to roughly one-third of people with epilepsy. With the help of her epilepsy team and deep brain stimulation, Sheri Finstad was able to have a successful pregnancy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnJyOiy8sR4 When Sheri Finstad looks down at her son, Isaac, in her arms, she says it amazes her. "There were times that I thought we would never be…

  2. Now seizure free, epilepsy patient shares her music as a blessing to others

    Destiny Rhodes finds solace in music. Diagnosed with temporal-lobe epilepsy when she was 17 months old, Destiny says when she started playing guitar as a teenager, it became a constant source of comfort during her uncertain health. Despite medication, Destiny's seizures continued for more than 20 years, often occurring several times a week. The medication [...]

  3. After years with hundreds of seizures each day, patient finds relief with innovative treatment

    When Eric Berg's seizures increased to the point they took over his life despite medications to control them, he sought help from Mayo Clinic. A new treatment gave him hope and a chance to live his life again. Since he was a child, Eric Berg, has had seizures due to epilepsy. This past year, his seizures [...]

  4. Fresh Approach to Epilepsy Treatment Rekindles Zest for Life

    Janice Breien was anxious to find a better way to manage the seizures that regularly disrupted her daily life. Enter her Mayo care team -- ready to listen and provide solutions. Now, with her seizures under control, Janice has a renewed sense of optimism. "I went through years of not being able to do anything," [...]

  5. With Her Seizures in the Past, Keeley Faces a Promising Future

    Photo courtesy of Sonya Schultz Photography For years, Keeley Allen and her family lived in fear that a seizure would strike and render the teen helpless. Unresponsive to medication, the seizures were unusual and ambiguous. Worse than the unpredictability of the seizures was the uncertainty about how to make them stop. At Mayo Clinic, however, [...]

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic's epilepsy experts provide comprehensive care for over 9,500 adults and children with epilepsy each year.

  • Teamwork. Mayo Clinic neurologists, neurosurgeons, imaging specialists (radiologists), mental health specialists (neuropsychologists) and others work together to diagnose and treat adults and children with epilepsy.
  • Advanced diagnostic tools. Mayo Clinic doctors use advanced technology, including subtraction ictal SPECT coregistered to MRI (SISCOM), electroencephalography, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography and other tests to accurately diagnose epilepsy.
  • At-home epilepsy monitoring. Each Mayo Clinic location offers an inpatient video-EEG epilepsy monitoring unit as well as an ambulatory EEG. Ambulatory EEGs allow for longer monitoring in the comfort your home to record brain activity over several days — which in some cases improves the chances of capturing seizure activity.
  • The latest techniques and technology. Mayo Clinic doctors have expertise treating epilepsy with medications, nerve stimulation devices, surgery, awake brain surgery, ketogenic diet and other options. Mayo Clinic surgeons use computer-assisted brain surgery to precisely operate in your brain.
  • Nationally recognized expertise. The National Association of Epilepsy Centers rates Mayo Clinic campuses in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona as Level 4 epilepsy centers, providing the highest level of diagnosis and treatment options for people with epilepsy.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's neurosurgery and neurology departments' expertise and rankings.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked highly performing for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2021-2022 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

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Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota

Mayo Clinic Health System

Mayo Clinic Epilepsy Center

Arizona

  • Mayo Clinic Epilepsy Center
  • 13400 E. Shea Blvd.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85259
  • Phone: 480-301-8000

Florida

  • Mayo Clinic Epilepsy Center
  • 4500 San Pablo Road
    Jacksonville, FL 32224
  • Phone: 904-953-0856

Minnesota

  • Mayo Clinic Epilepsy Center
  • 200 First St. SW
    Rochester, MN 55905
  • Phone: 507-284-2111
  • Mayo Clinic Pediatric Epilepsy Program
  • 200 First St. SW
    Floor 16
    Rochester, MN 55905
  • Phone: 855-629-6543
Oct. 07, 2021

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