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Vagus Nerve Stimulation

What Is Vagus Nerve Stimulation?

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a treatment option for people with epilepsy or depression. A device is implanted in the neck and stimulates the vagus nerve, a cranial nerve that sends electrical signals between the brain and other parts of the body.

The electrode in the neck is connected to a battery, which is implanted under the skin in the chest like a pacemaker. By using a magnet, the patient will be able to control the stimulator themselves after surgery.

UR Medicine's Approach

The goal of vagus nerve stimulation is to treat epilepsy or depression when medication alone is not effective.

Implanting the Vagus Nerve Stimulator is a surgical procedure. Two small incisions are made, one in the neck and one under the collar bone. The procedure usually takes about an hour to perform, and the patient can usually return home the same day. The Vagus Nerve Stimulator can be turned on within the first 24 hours after surgery.

What Sets Us Apart?

UR Medicine is a world-class medical center and leading academic institution. Our providers offer outstanding patient-centered care and conduct breakthrough research in neurology. UR Medicine provides the widest range of neurosurgery and neuromedicine care in the Rochester region.

UR Medicine Neurology is a recognized leader for developing superior clinicians and scientists and has developed a national reputation for excellence in residency training in adult and child neurology and numerous subspecialties. The department is rich with dedicated faculty, an outstanding blend of academic and clinical training, exposure to nationally recognized specialists and a supportive environment provide residents with the opportunity to truly excel in their fields.

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