Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) involves wrapping a thin wire coil around the vagus nerve in the neck, typically on the left side. A generator is implanted in the chest wall, which connects to this via a wire. Typically, current is sent to the brain every so often, and succeeds in reducing seizures by around one-third; also, depression symptoms are improved in about one-third of patients. The procedure requires around 45 minutes to perform, and is an outpatient procedure.
The entire stimulator is under the skin, and can be adjusted (turned on/off and changed) through the skin, similar to a pacemaker.
Our practice has performed the most VNS procedures in the region, both for epilepsy and depression. In addition, Dr. Patwardhan had the unique opportunity to treat the first patient in the nation using VNS for depression after FDA-approval; he has had significant improvement.FOR A TESTIMONIAL FROM A PATIENT TREATED
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