Device to reduce seizures proves successful for Birmingham woman

Neuropace: Device to reduce seizures

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A new type of device aimed at eliminating seizures was approved by the FDA just a few years ago.

In January, UAB hospital was the first in the southeast region to conduct the surgery, implanting the device in patient Beth Hogeland.

"I was able to join the gym," said Hogeland.

In January she made the decision to get the medical implant, Neuropace, that would offset seizures caused by her epilepsy.

"I don't have to sleep all day long. I am up and I am going. I am able to go to the gym and exercise. And I am able to teach children again which is a blessing," Hogeland said.

Before her surgery, Hogeland would suffer close to a dozen severe seizures in about a month's time.

"I would shake and then just want to sit down and not want to do anything," Hogeland said.

But now those seizures have reduced to about five a month and aren't as debilitating.
           
Because of the device, Epilepsy Neurologist Dr. Sandipan Pati can see Hogeland's seizures in real time.

"The seizures are less intense in the sense that she does not have this tonic activity. She does not fall down on the ground and the seizures are much shorter in duration. And that's what the device is supposed to do," said Dr. Pati.

Neuropace is connected to electrodes in Hogeland's brain.

It continuously records her brain activity and stimulates the electrodes with the goal of stopping the seizure before it starts.

"A blessing from the Lord. With this device, whenever it comes on, I don't even feel them," Hogeland continued.

Hogeland is in her second year of college with goals to become a counselor.

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