Dr Olga Simova, Epilepsy Centre Hamburg, Ev. Krankenhaus Alsterdorf gGmbH
"Neuromodulation with electrical stimulation can be a good alternative to epilepsy patients who do not respond to treatment and for whom there is no option to surgically remove the "diseased" part of the brain. This can allow some patients to return to work, to continue their relationships and to get on with their social lives, and so much more. It is definitely worth a try. This is why advances in the stimulation procedures like the EASEE study are important. We have to take any opportunity we can to help a patient."
Julian, 22, Heidelberg
"I had my first grand-mal seizure when I was 12. For years after that, I had two to three seizures a day. It was not until 2011 that I was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy. Not a single drug available was able to reduce the seizures, and to boot I also had to cope with side effects like speech disorders and hallucinations. I would have liked a lower risk option aside from brain surgery to treat my epilepsy. But in 2015 this option wasn't available."
Britta, 37, Hamburg
"For 15 years drugs helped me manage my focal epilepsy, but 18 months after the birth of my son, the seizures returned. Since 2015 I have no longer been able to work and am currently in early retirement. The drugs affect my speech and vision and sometimes change my perception; I have gained weight and have more spots than I did in puberty. My liver tests are not good and I am suffering from mild osteoporosis. I have negative experience with mobile vagus nerve stimulation, and I am very worried about the risks associated with deep brain stimulation. I would welcome cortical brain stimulation, and can see myself going for this option."