VAGUS NERVE STIMULATION (VNS) THERAPY
CNNH is proud to offer VNS Therapy for adults and adolescents over 12 years of age suffering from seizures. Seizure episodes occur unexpectedly, causing discomfort and typically disrupting daily routines and special moments. VNS Therapy was designed to offer regular and automatic doses of stimulation to the vagus nerve, reducing the occurrence of seizures without the side-effects often associated with taking medication.
About VNS Therapy
The vagus nerve is one of the primary communication pathways between the body and the brain. VNS Therapy is delivered by a device (generator) similar to a pacemaker and a thin, flexible wire (lead) that sends mild stimulation to the left vagus nerve. The vagus nerve delivers these periodic stimulations, automatically, to the brain and helps to prevent electrical irregularities that cause seizures. Treatment is automatically delivered at regular intervals all day, every day so that you do not have to worry about missing a dose.
Patients who have not responded to or cannot tolerate side effects of antiepileptic medications should consult with their neurologist about VNS Therapy. Studies suggest that approximately one in three people with epilepsy suffer with epilepsy that is difficult to treat with medications.
Many people experience effective, long-lasting seizure control from VNS Therapy. For those who benefit, it has been clinically proven to reduce the number and intensity of seizures and in some cases, to completely eliminate seizures. More than 60,000 people worldwide have been treated with VNS Therapy for epilepsy. Studies show that the positive effects of VNS Therapy typically do not wear off; in fact, they may improve over time.
Only trained neurologists may prescribe and monitor VNS Therapy, although a surgeon is required to implant the device. CNNH’s VNS-trained neurologists are available to collaborate with a candidate’s primary neurologist to monitor and analyze the therapeutic data.
“I am so relieved to know why my children are having seizures and how to keep them under control. With proper treatments, I don’t have any more surprises.”