Epilepsy and Neurology Services at UnityPoint Health | Des Moines

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 120
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E. Hickman Road
Waukee, Iowa 50263

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Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

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Urgent Care - Ankeny

3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

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Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

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Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

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Urgent Care - Urbandale

2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

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About Epilepsy 

Seizures are caused by sudden bursts of excessive and uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain. Seizures can cause partial or complete loss of consciousness, confusion, nonsensical speech, bizarre behavior, involuntary muscle jerks or movements, unusual sensations, or loss of ability to speak.

One in ten persons will have a seizure during his or her life. The tendency to have recurrent unprovoked seizures is called epilepsy. Epilepsy affects more than 3 million Americans. It has a considerable impact on health, employment and quality of life.

Epilepsy Treatments 

  • Most patients respond to anti-epileptic medications. Currently there are over 25 seizure medications available.  However, about 1/3 of seizure patients will still have seizures despite medications. 
  • Brain surgery to resect the abnormal brain tissue causing the seizures is increasingly being utilized for patients with medically refractory epilepsy. This is done after a very thorough evaluation. Not everybody qualifies for this surgery, and those patients may benefit from other treatments. 
  • Neurostimulation uses a device to send electrical impulses to the brain. This can decrease seizure frequency in many patients who failed medications with relatively low risk of side effects. This can include Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS), Responsive Neurostimulation (RNS) and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). With an assessment, patients can find out if these devices can be appropriate for them. Currently in epilepsy clinic we take care of many patients with VNS.   
  • Many other innovative epilepsy therapies are being explored and carry great promise for patients and their care givers.