Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS)

The operation

24 February 2009
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The operation itself usually takes no more than 2 hours and is usually preformed under general anaesthesia. The patient will have 2 incisions one on the chest wall below the collarbone and another on the neck.

After the device has been successfully implanted provided that the patient is well enough he or she is discharged home with instructions about caring for their wound and is brought back 2 weeks later to the out patient clinic to have the device switched on and to be educated on the use of the magnet. Then and during each visit afterward, your doctor will check the device to make sure it is working for you and that the treatment is comfortable for you.

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