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350 North Wall Street
Riverside Medical Center has been serving Waupaca and its surrounding communities since 1955. Most recently, Solucient named Riverside among the top 100 hospitals nationwide. Riverside,s services include 24-hour emergency care, urgent care, obstetrics, orthope... more.
Chief of Neurology
Memorial Medical Center
In recent years, the sisters underwent a treatment new to the area, according to Dr. Felix Brizuela of Riverside Medical Center, their neurologist.It's called VNS therapy or vagus nerve stimulation therapy, a Food and Drug Administration-approved device for the treatment of refractory epilepsy.An added bonus, according to Dr. Felix Brizuela, a local neurologist with Riverside Medical Center who performed the implant, is that it comes with a magnet that when swiped over the site of it, it can lessen the effects of a seizure or stop it in its tracks.Jennifer got her implant around Thanksgiving 2005, and Britni had the outpatient procedure that took approximately one to two hours done a year later by Brizuela at a Youngstown hospital.In an interview with the Herald-Star, Brizuela explained he has been doing VNS therapy since it was approved in the mid-1990s."I brought it to the area," said Brizuela of the therapy, noting the sisters represent two of 14 area patients who have undergone the procedure with success since he began practicing with Riverside Medical four years ago."It's shown pretty remarkable success with it," he said of the overall cases, citing the sisters' situation as complicated and unique, in part because with generalized epilepsy, the origin of the seizures is unknown and the girls are genetically predisposed.A native of New Jersey, Brizuela trained there medically and practiced in Greensburg, Pa., was chairman of neurology department at Conemaugh Medical Center in Johnston, Pa., and then the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center before connecting with the local physician-run group.By definition a seizure is something that reoccurs and requires medication, according to Brizuela, who noted 1 percent of the population suffers from epilepsy.He said he believes there are people in the area who could benefit from VNS therapy but don't know about it.The VNS therapy offers hope over time and in the case of the Carmine sisters, Brizuela said their level of medication has gone from one significantly less, the other moderately less.
Felix BrizuelaRiverside Medical Of OhioFelix Brizuela, Jr., D.O. Neurology A graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in microbiology, Dr. Brizuela graduated from the New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1989. He completed his rotating internships at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, NJ; Robert Wood Johnson Medican Center in New Brunswick, NJ; VA Medical Center in East Orange, NJ; and Children's Hospital (now known as Newark Beth Israel) in Newark, NJ; Prior to jo8ining Riverside Medical of Ohio, Dr. Brizuela practiced in east Pittsburgh with staff privileges at UPMC, Passavant and Southside Hospital and Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, PA. His area of expertise is managing complex pediatric and adult neurology including but not limited to chronic pain management and treatment of migraines.Dr. Brizuela has hospital privileges at Trinity Health Systems and Weirton Medical Center.
Felix Brizuela, D.O.
Dr. Felix Brizuela, neurologist with Riverside Medical of Ohio, will discuss IVIG as a means of controlling multiple sclerosis at the Thursday meeting of the Weirton/Steubenville Multiple Sclerosis Support Group to be held at 7 p.m at the Serbian American Cultural Center, Weirton.
I just wanted to share the name of my wonderful neurologist Dr. Felix Brizuela who is located in Morgantown, West Virginia.