Restoring Peace Of Mind To Those With Epilepsy

Ever worry about what’s going to happen next? For people living with uncontrollable seizures, it’s on their mind every minute of every day.

But what if “what happens next” was a good thing? There’s new technology, with less risk than open brain surgery, that can end the seizures – and bring peace to their lives.

Your support can help us bring Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LiTT) to the University of Alberta Hospital, and make “What’s next?” something to look forward to.

WHAT IS... Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LiTT)?

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A procedure that takes less than one-third the time of alternative brain surgery, LiTT uses a laser – guided by MR imaging – through a two millimeter incision in the scalp to remove the seizure-causing cells in the brain.

“LiTT is a way of putting a small laser deep into the brain in a very accurate way to burn the cells that are causing seizures,” says Dr. Matt Wheatley, Clinical Department Head of Neurosciences at the University of Alberta Hospital. “It’s the next step in caring for patients with seizures who are resistant to medication.”

Why here?

Other centres in North America that use LiTT have to move the patient from the surgical suite, where the laser is put in place, to the MRI to complete the procedure. As home to one of Canada’s only intra-operative MRI surgical suites, surgeons here won’t have to do that.

“Since we already have the Dan & Bunny Widney Intra-operative MRI Surgical Suite, it’s a perfect match for us,” says Dr. Wheatley. Because LiTT is less invasive and more efficient than a craniotomy – the surgical removal of part of the bone from the skull to expose the brain – patients recover much quicker.

Patient Story

Amanda Baker's Story

Amanda Baker* sees that her years of living with uncontrollable epileptic seizures was effective training for the world we’re living in today. “I’ve learned to take everything one minute at a time, one day at a time. It’s the only way to stay sane when you’re having seizures.”

*name changed for patient privacy

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The University Hospital Foundation is committed to raising $1.3 million to bring LiTT to the University of Alberta Hospital

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