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What Does VNS Mean?

What Does VNS Mean?

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

It's like a pacemaker for the brain. The lead/wire is wrapped around the Vagus Nerve in the middle of the neck, but the incision is made on the side of the neck. It is than connected to the battery, which is placed in a flap of skin( which they re-open when they replace the battery every 3-5 years or longer depending on how high or low the VNS is set). For me the battery has lasted 3 years the first time, 6 years second time I had it replaced. Battery replacement is only a Day Surgery. The first time you get a VNS installed you are totally out though. This procedure is done by a neurosurgeon.

posted about 5 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Vagus nerve stimulation I have one it tickles your throat and changes your voice each time it goes off.

posted over 5 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Vagus Nerve Stimulator. I actually have one!

posted over 5 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

The neurosurgeon will need to know where exactly to put the VNS in your brain. I have more than one damaged areas of brain so I am not sure if it's possible? I would hope so. But I see that the battery needs replaced regularly!? Does that cost much?

posted 3 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

The pulse settings can be changed and the may help the voice changes and the tickling of your throat and changing the pulse width won/t effect the signal strength.

posted about 5 years ago
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