Floyd Memorial will now be offering comprehensive outpatient and inpatient neurological services under the expert guidance of Satish Rao, MD, MS, a highly experienced and widely respected neurologist. Dr. Rao, who is also an assistant professor of neurology and an advisory dean at the University of Louisville, joined the Floyd Memorial team on August 8.
Dr. Rao completed his advanced studies in neurology, sleep medicine and epilepsy at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. Along with providing inpatient care, he will also be available to provide outpatient consultations. “I will be available to care for patients on an outpatient basis. Physicians are welcome to refer their patients to me or patients can call to schedule an appointment without a physician referral.”
“I’m very pleased to be joining the team at Floyd Memorial. I’m happy to be building on the excellent care that our inpatient neurologist, Dr. Melton, has been providing, particularly in areas such as stroke. In addition, I will be available to patients on an outpatient basis in my Floyd Memorial Medical Group-Neurology office, as well as in the Floyd Memorial Sleep Disorders Center.”
Satish Rao, MD, MS
Board Certified Neurologist/Sleep Specialist
Floyd Memorial Medical Group-Neurology
Floyd Memorial Sleep Disorders Center
“I have a great interest in sleep medicine,” added Dr. Rao. “Something I can bring to the excellent team in place at the Floyd Memorial Sleep Disorders Center is my training in neurology. It gives me a unique skill set in terms of disorders such as spells that occur out of sleep. I am definitely looking forward to working closely with Dr. Azmi Draw and Dr. Nuzhat Hasan, and being involved with the work they are doing in the center.”
Dr. Rao specializes in the following:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Epilepsy and seizures
- Sleep medicine
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Restless Legs Syndrome
- Electroencephalography (EEG)
Diagnosing and Treating Seizure Disorders
According to the National Epilepsy Foundation, epilepsy is a seizure disorder that affects nearly three million Americans. But there are many other types of seizures as well. As Dr. Rao explained, “It is essential to determine the cause so that you can more effectively treat the problem.”
A seizure can be a very frightening and dangerous experience for an individual. “A patient may come to me with undiagnosed spells, first-time or recurrent seizures,” said Dr. Rao. “One of the primary services I provide is a clarifying diagnosis that will answer very important questions. Is it epilepsy or not? Was it caused by a medication, a metabolic abnormality or is there a true disposition to recurrent, unprovoked seizures?”
There are a number of treatments that can be effective for patients suffering from seizures. Among them are medications to manage seizures that are difficult to control, epilepsy surgery and implantation of a vagus nerve stimulator.
Epileptic seizures are caused by uncontrolled electrical discharges spreading through the brain. Anti-seizure medications interrupt this process by reducing the sensitivity of brain cells to this abnormal excitation.
Brain surgery is sometimes used to treat epilepsy. During the surgery, a tiny portion of the brain where the seizures originate may be removed. Or, nerve fibers can be severed to help prevent the impulses that occur during a seizure from spreading to other parts of the brain.
Vagus Nerve Stimulation
Another treatment option is a procedure that involves implanting a tiny generator that stimulates the vagus nerve to reduce seizure activity. The vagus nerve is one of 12 pairs of nerves that originate in the brain. Stimulating it is believed to affect its connections to areas in the brain that are prone to seizure activity.
Vagal nerve stimulation has been effective in reducing the frequency of seizures in patients whose seizures are not controlled by medications, and who are either not candidates for other types of brain surgery or who have chosen not to undergo these procedures.
For more information about outpatient and inpatient neurology services offered by Dr. Rao, call (812) 948-4338 or visit www.floydmemorial.com/fmmg.