Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS)

What is VNS?

25 February 2009
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The VNS is a NeuroCybernetic Prosthesis (NCP) system is somewhat similar to a cardiac pacemaker. It contains a pulse generator that is inserted under the skin of the chest wall or under the arm on the left side, with a wire attached to the left vagus nerve, delivering intermittent electrical stimulation to the brain to reduce the frequency and duration of seizures. The device also includes a magnet for manually controlling activation and a device known as a telemetry wand, which, the doctor uses to, interrogate and programme the device. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing if the device will work for you prior to insertion, however research has suggested that it will not make your epilepsy worse.

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