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Dr. Adam Hebb
15 doctors shared insights

Vagus Nerve Stimulation (Overview)

is a type of highly successful neuromodulation therapy for refractory seizures and depression. In the future VNS therapy will be used for CHF and likely other conditions. Tiny electrical impulses are delivered to the Vagus Nerve in the neck to modulate brainstem activity in the case of VNS for seizures and depression.


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What is vagus nerve stimulation?

What is vagus nerve stimulation?

Seizure Treatment: Vagus nerve stimulation involves the surgical implantation of a small device, similar to a pacemaker, in the chest with wires under the skin which are wrapped around the vagus nerve in the neck. Vns has been found effective in the treatment of some patients with seizures. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Hebb
15 doctors shared insights

Vagus Nerve Stimulation (Overview)

is a type of highly successful neuromodulation therapy for refractory seizures and depression. In the future VNS therapy will be used for CHF and likely other conditions. Tiny electrical impulses are delivered to the Vagus Nerve in the neck to modulate brainstem activity in the case of VNS for seizures and depression.


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How effective is vagus nerve stimulation?

How effective is vagus nerve stimulation?

VNS for Depression: Vns is an fda- approved invasive procedure for treatment resistant depression. Vns can take months to see results, and has a response rate of 22-30% and a remission rate of about 15-17%. ...Read more

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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
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Get an Xray/MRI if pain lasts more than 4 weeks
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See a spine/pain specialist if pain doesn't improve
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What is the definition or description of: vagus nerve stimulation?

What is the definition or description of: vagus nerve stimulation?

VNS: is a type of highly successful neuromodulation therapy for refractory seizures and depression. In the future VNS therapy will be used for CHF and likely other conditions. Tiny electrical impulses are delivered to the Vagus Nerve in the neck to modulate brainstem activity in the case of VNS for seizures and depression. ...Read more

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How does vagus nerve stimulation therapy work exactly?

VNS: Vagus nerve stimulation is a neuromodulation system that provides constant electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve in the neck. It is indicated for epilepsy and depression. The exact mechanism of action is unknown. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about an operation called vagus nerve stimulation?

Can you tell me about an operation called vagus nerve stimulation?

Straightforwards: To install this device to control epilepsy, the surgeon inserts a small stimulator device over the left upper chest wall, then connects to the left vagal nerve, and closes, a process of about 25-40 minutes. The device is turned on and initially programmed 2 weeks post-op, and is fully programmed over about 3-4 months. ...Read more

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I am undergoing vagus nerve stimulation, what happens if a seizure occurs while asleep?

I am undergoing vagus nerve stimulation, what happens if a seizure occurs while asleep?

VNS: Units are set for on and off periods, and are not 100 % perfect, even when optimally programmed. A magnet is included, and if swiped across the vns device, will cause it to fire, and perhaps stop the seizure. If you sleep with a partner, the other can stop the seizure activity, but, if you sleep alone, the seizure will likely complete, but maybe the unit will decrease frequency well over time. ...Read more

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How long will i be sore after vagus nerve stimulation surgery?

How long will i be sore after vagus nerve stimulation surgery?

Very brief issue: Typically, within 2-3 weeks, post-operative bruising or local tenderness is mostly gone, and unlikely any sensitivity will remain by 6 weeks. If you note swelling, reddening, or warmth at the op sites, contact your surgeon. Otherwise, you should recover uneventfully. ...Read more

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What can vagus nerve stimulation therapy do for epilepsy?

What can vagus nerve stimulation therapy do for epilepsy?

Prevent seizures: Vagus nerve stimulation (vns) is designed to prevent seizures by sending regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve. These pulses are supplied by a device something like a pacemaker. http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/vns. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


Dr. Steven Croft
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Vagal Nerve Stimulation (Definition)

Vagus nerve stimulation prevents seizures by sending small pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve. These pulses are supplied by a device something like a pacemaker commonly implanted under ...Read more