A Green Township woman said she was seizure free thanks to a breakthrough surgery performed by a team at the Epilepsy Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute. Cindy Kelly said it had been more than a decade but she can still recall the first time she ever had a seizure. “It just kind of came out of nowhere and you just really don’t know what happened,” she said. Doctors diagnosed her at that time with epilepsy but in spite of all the medications she tried, the seizures continued, “Some were worse than others but probably weekly,” Kelly said of how often she suffered from seizures. So Dr. David Ficker, a neurologist who specializes in epilepsy, decided it was time to take a closer look at Kelly’s brain. Initially, he tried traditional imaging to see if he could find the area of the brain causing her seizures.
But he soon discovered, “In some patients we need to go a little bit further and plant electrodes over the surface of the brain which was the case with Kelly. And she had brain mapping and seizure mapping with implanted electrodes to determine the precise location of her seizures.”