Idaho Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Most people with epilepsy should be seizure free on a single drug. Are you still having seizures? Are you on more than one drug? Do you know what type of epilepsy you have? Are you a surgical or VNS candidate? Do you have side effects of your anti-seizure drugs? Are you paying too much for your anti-epilepsy drugs? Is your insurance demanding you take generics? Can the epilepsy diet help you? Are you one of millions of people who have depression and epilepsy? Are you a candidate for an experimental drug? We can answer these and many other questions and help you solve many problems related to your epilepsy.

Idaho Neurology provides organizational support for the Idaho Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, the only epilepsy program in Idaho. We evaluate and treat adult epilepsy patients. We provide full electroencephalography (EEG or brain wave testing) services in our Boise office. This includes routine, 1, 2, and 4 hour EEG, 24, 48, and 72 hour ambulatory EEG, and video-EEG monitoring. Dr. Swanson is also on the board of the Idaho Epilepsy Foundation and a founding board member of the Epilepsy Association of Montana.

The Idaho Comprehensive Epilepsy Center provides a controlled environment for the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. The center's goal is to help people manage their seizures and enhance their quality of life. Even the best medical management fails to achieve seizure control in up to a third of people with epilepsy. In these cases, care can often be improved through consultation with an epilepsy specialist and/or evaluation in an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit provides a controlled, inpatient environment for the diagnosis and treatment of refractory epilepsy. Information collected during an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit evaluation helps doctors to classify the type of epilepsy, assists in identifying conditions that resemble epilepsy, and allows for pharmacological and intensive care unit monitoring of epilepsy patients. Some intractable epilepsy patients may benefit greatly from epilepsy surgery. The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit also allows for seizure localization during pre-surgical evaluations.