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VNS Vs. RNS. What's The Difference?

VNS Vs. RNS. What's The Difference?

What's the difference between the 2?

posted June 23, 2016
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FelishaBaugh
I've got the VNS also, it's helped me so very much .. It's cut my seizure's in 1/2 or more the 1st 2yrs that I've had it. I got my 1st one put in way back in 2001 .Have had to change them out & put new one's in. Counting my 1st that was put in 2001,I've had 3 or 4 of them now.
I had to have a new 1 put in on March 3rd. & since then I've had a total 15 seizures. I keep a log of every seizure that I have & give it to my Dr. when I see her & she check's the VNS with her little machine she has. It tells her everything on that thing about the VNS, From how many times the magnet was used, etc.

posted June 23, 2016
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

I have the RNS which is implanted into the skull and has attached leads looped into the specific pinpointed area where the seizures are thought to originate from in the brain. The aim of the implant is similar to the VNS which my understanding is in the neck. The VNS devices aim is to lessen the degree of seizures once they occur or stop the seizure by an action initiated by the epileptic him/herself. On the other hand, RNS is embedded in the skull and is a "proactive" device and is NOT epileptic initiated. The implant's aim is to stop the seizure before it begins and if that fails then to lessen the duration or severity of the seizure. The epileptic is called to collect information each night which may upwards of 5mins and transfer this information once a week to the collection agency which again may take upwards of 5mins. I hope this information may have been of use to you in your research. If I can be of further assistance I'm only a click away. Se La Ve. I hope that is how you spell it.

posted June 24, 2016
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

Another reason I dont do VNS I have no warnings before a seizure, so theres no way I could use the magnet to stop a seizure.

posted June 23, 2016
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

Rns goes in your brain while vns for a close to your collar bone. I have vns. Vns is a nerve stimulater that the lead goes to your vagal nerve in your neck and the rns monitors where the area is that you are having the seizures. Go here http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/treating-seizures...

posted June 23, 2016
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

Connie never had either,guess they help if you have a lot of seizures .and meds not working well.I might go awhile with noseizures before getting more so nogood for me. Wonder what long term results are not afew years but 30 -40 or more years.

posted June 23, 2016

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