VNS Therapy for Epilepsy

How does VNS Therapy work?

VNS Therapy device

VNS Therapy device

VNS Therapy is used in addition to medications to help improve seizure control. 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. VNS Therapy is not a drug and, therefore, does not have the same side effects and does not interact with other medications. The vagus nerve delivers these periodic stimulations 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.