The Epilepsy Center at Northeast Texas Neurology Associates provides comprehensive care to those with epilepsy and seizure disorders.
The center is led by Dr. Gina Jetter, who is board certified in both Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Jetter completed a fellowship in epilepsy, spending an extra year learning how to treat patients with seizure disorders and interpreting brain wave studies, or electroencephalograms, (EEGs) the test that diagnoses epilepsy. She is the Director of the Neurophysiology Lab and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at East Texas Medical Center, the region's only Level 3 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.
At the Epilepsy Center, we specialize in unique populations who have epilepsy including adolescents, women, and the elderly. We also closely monitor women who are pregnant with epilepsy who are on seizure medications.
As part of our comprehensive care, we perform EEGs in the office to diagnose epilepsy. If a longer study is needed, we can perform three day EEGs at home called Ambulatory EEGs. Dr. Jetter also routinely admits patients to the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, which is a specialized unit in the hospital that is equipped to monitor patients with simultaneous EEG recording and video recording in order to diagnose epilepsy.
When medications alone do not control seizures, there are other options. Dr. Jetter is proficient in the use of the Vagus Nerve Stimulator, a device that produces electrical stimulation to the brain through the vagus nerve to help control seizures along with medications.
Epilepsy can also be treated with a specialized diet. The Epilepsy Center at Northeast Texas Neurology Associates is the only neurology practice in East Texas to offer this treatment. Dr. Jetter and our Registered Dietician, Rebecca Egdorf, are experts in the diet.
We have close relationships with Level IV Epilepsy Centers, which provide surgical options for our epilepsy patients when medications do not control seizures. Options for surgery include removing the part of the brain where the seizures come from, which is the only cure for epilepsy. Another type of brain surgery involves placing a generator in the brain that detects seizures and then provides electrical stimulation directly to the brain to stop the seizure.
Not all seizures are epileptic, but rather psychogenic nonepileptic seizures that are related to stress. These types of seizures are not treated with antiepileptic medication,but with counseling. Our Epilepsy Center is the only one in East Texas to have a specialized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program, led by Erin Skinner, a Licensed Master Social Worker, for patients with nonepileptic seizures.
For an appointment at our Epilepsy Center, call the office at 903-526-7055.