Epilepsy Center

Find the care and treatment you need for complex cases of epilepsy through the UNM Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. At the facility, which boasts a Level 4 designation from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, you will receive the services and expertise of our epilepsy specialists.

What to Expect

Your first appointment will last a few hours. A doctor specializing in epilepsy will review your medical history and examine your motor and sensory skills, balance, coordination, reflexes and mental functioning.

Bring a family member or friend who has seen one of your seizures or provide the phone number of someone the neurologist can call during the appointment to ask about your seizure symptoms. You’ll also want to bring your medications and EEG or MRI test results.

Epilepsy Testing & Diagnosis

After your physical exam, a doctor may request more testing to get thorough, detailed information about your symptoms and condition, so the epilepsy care team can determine the best treatment. You gain access to:

  • The full spectrum of lab, imaging and genetic tests.
  • Noninvasive and surgical procedures that evaluate the brain’s electrical activity.
  • Neuropsychological exams that assess memory and thinking.

Inpatient Video Electroencephalograph Monitoring

At our epilepsy monitoring unit, you might spend a few days receiving 24-hour video electroencephalograph (EEG) recording that captures the moment of a seizure. During monitoring, you’ll stay in a private room with an extra bed for a relative or friend who can provide companionship and support. Doctors will review the recordings to analyze your behavior and brain waves.

Magnetoencephalography (MEG)

Magnetoencephalography (MEG) measures the brain’s magnetic activity to help doctors precisely locate brain tissue that causes seizures. We use the most up-to-date MEG technology available in the world.

Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, call 505-272-4866. 

Comprehensive Pain Management

Schedule an appointment with a UNM Health provider to determine the cause of your back pain. We will start with conservative treatments, such as rehabilitative exercises and nerve blocks. If those do not relieve your pain, your doctor may refer you to surgery.

Types of Spine Surgeries

Find the full range of spine surgeries at UNM Health, including:

  • Cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) disc replacement – Replaces a problematic disc with an artificial one
  • Cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) rhizotomy – Eliminates nerve roots to relieve pain and muscle spasms
  • Discectomy – Removes part or all of a disc
  • Spinal fusion – Fuses together two or more vertebrae
  • Spine decompression – Relieves pressure on your spinal cord and nerves
  • Spine reconstruction – Corrects the alignment of your spine
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery – Uses focused, high-dose beams of radiation to destroy tissue without making any incisions