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What is the vagal nerve stimulator?

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Dr. Michael Gofeld
Pain Management 32 years experience
Neuromodulation : Vagal nerve stimulation is a neurosurgical neuromodulation technique for treatment of severe depression.
Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry 14 years experience
For Seizures or Mood: Vns may be used to treat seizures or depression. Insurance only covers its exorbitant cost for treatment of seizures ($30k). The vagus nerve seems to have connections throughout the brain so by stimulating it, you may stimulate many different brain areas. It's thought this relieves depression. About 1/3 of the most severe cases of depression get better w/ this treatment.
Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 36 years experience
VNS: is a wonderful device used to treat refractory seizures and depression. About the size of half an Oreo Cookie it is placed under the skin by a skilled surgeon. A thin wire sends a tiny current intermittently to the brain by way of the left Vagus Nerve in the neck. My patients who are lucky enough to have one report overwhelmingly a vast improvement in their lives. They are made in Houston Tx
Dr. Steven Giannotta
Neurosurgery 49 years experience
Epilepsy: This is a device that is inserted around the vagal nerve in the neck used to reduce epileptic seizures when medications can produce satisfactory control.

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