Epilepsy Surgery Eligibility Criteria

To be a candidate for epilepsy surgery, patients should meet the following criteria:

  • Medically intractable epilepsy, defined as ongoing seizures despite adequate trials of two or more antiepileptic medications
  • Focal-onset seizures (e.g. not primary generalized epilepsies)
  • Ages 18 and up
  • Absence of serious systemic illness or other medical conditions that may affect immediate survival

To refer a patient for an epilepsy surgery evaluation, please call 404-772-9847. A member of our staff is available to speak to you about the referral process or answer questions, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are happy to discuss your particular case, and look forward to hearing from you.

The following items are required to process for an epilepsy surgery referral:

  • Recent history and physical exam and/or office visit notes
  • Copies of prior EEGs/MRIs, if available
  • Copy of front and back of patient's insurance card

These items can be faxed to 404-778-5150 to the attention of the Epilepsy Nurse Navigator

Referral Information

In addition to the criteria listed above, we may evaluate patients that were previously deemed to be poor surgical candidates. For example, those with two separate seizure onset zones, typically not resection candidates, may be candidates for an implanted neuromodulation device (responsive neurostimulator system®, or NeuroPace). Our surgeons employ a variety of surgical techniques, including but not limited to traditional open resection, laser ablation, and radio frequency ablation.

As a level 4 Epilepsy Center, we offer a complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery. After we receive a referral, we will contact the patient to schedule an office visit. If appropriate, he or she may then progress through the surgical work-up, including video EEG monitoring, 3.0 Tesla MRI, and appointments with our neurosurgical and neuropsychological colleagues. Wada and fMRI testing may be performed as well if needed. Ultimately, patients that are deemed surgical candidates will be presented at our multidisciplinary Epilepsy Surgery Conference prior to surgery, which means your patients will get a comprehensive team review.