VNS Therapy® is a neuromodulatory therapy designed for people with
drug-resistant epilepsy 4 years of age and older with
partial onset seizures. This can safely lead to fewer and shorter seizures
and better recovery from seizures.
Medication alone is not the answer for one-third of people with epilepsy.
Seizures that persist after trying at least
two appropriately prescribed antiepileptic drugs are considered
drug-resistant epilepsy. Studies have demonstrated that
additional medication is unlikely to control this type of seizure. But
despite this data and what we know about the
risks of living with drug-resistant epilepsy, many people continue to be
prescribed multiple medications rather than
being evaluated for non-pharmacological treatment options. . If you've tried
several medications but continue to have
seizures, it may be time to consider other treatment options.
Epilepsy VNS Therapy is an add-on neuromodulatory therapy designed for people
with drug-resistant epilepsy 4 years of
age and older who have partial-onset seizures. This can safely lead to fewer
and shorter seizures and better recovery
from seizures. The VNS therapy is a small device that is implanted under the
skin in the chest and connected to the left
vagus nerve in the neck. VNS therapy transmits mild impulses to the brain
through the vagus nerve to help prevent
seizures before they start and to help stop them if they occur. VNS therapy
has been used to treat more than 125,000
people with drug-resistant epilepsy, including 35,000 children, and has more
than 25 years of supporting data.
Designed for those seizure-free moments, VNS Therapy has been shown to not
only reduce the number of seizures, but also
their duration and severity epileptic seizures and improve post-crisis
recovery. In studies comparing effects before and
after treatment with VNS Therapy, many people have experienced:
VNS therapy is delivered through a device that sends mild pulses to the vagus
nerve at regular intervals throughout the
day for the purpose of preventing seizures. An additional dose of treatment
can block or shorten your attack, reduce its
intensity, and improve recovery from an attack. VNS therapy includes a brief
outpatient procedure, not brain surgery.