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VNS & RNS

VNS & RNS

Does anybody have a VNS and an RNS that work together? Im trying to get the RNS but at a Previous meeting my dr said they were unsure because i already have a VNS. The last time we spoke to her she said shes spoken to other dr’s and they do have patients who have both and that they work together somehow? My VNS doesnt help me thats why she told us that, i told her we can turn it off and she gave us that info. I’d like to know if there’s anyone on the app who has both and how they work for… read more

posted June 14
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Yes they are, the VNS gas a battery implanted in my chest, like a pacemaker almost, with a wite attached that connects to my vagus nerve, also on the left, in my lower neck.the RNS would have leads , and it would sense a seizure and send a shock before it happens to try to stop it, the vns sends shocks on a regular basis, and im supposed to use a magnet over the battery when i have a seizure but nothing happens so i stopped trying. But im hoping the RNS would help the VNS, with the combination. Theyre doing all kinds of tests, to see if its a good idea, itd be a 3 week eeg evaluation before the surgery if im approved.

posted July 2
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

I am sure you will get responses from others, but here is a link to Q + A, that you can move down at the questions and responses of others on these subjects:
https://www.myepilepsyteam.com/questions/new

If you want your own specific question, then just edit the one I started and post it.

posted June 15
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

So their those electric stimulators that epileptics have surgically implanted to control seizures?

posted June 23
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

@A MyEpilepsyTeam Member Here are the details on each and even an article comparing them in each article Since the details on the devices will be from the UCSF, here is there Alphabetic Treatment List https://www.ucsfhealth.org/treatments

RNS - Responsive Neurostimulation
https://www.ucsfhealth.org/treatments/responsiv....

VNS Vagal Nerve Stimulation
https://www.ucsfhealth.org/treatments/vagal-ner...

VNS Vs. RNS. What's The Difference?
What's the difference between the 2? https://www.myepilepsyteam.com/questions/576bbc...

What is the difference between RNS and VNS?
There are many important differences between VNS and the NeuroPace RNS System. First and foremost, VNS stimulates the vagus nerve in the neck whereas the NeuroPace RNS System is cranially implanted and stimulates preselected cortical epileptic foci in the brain.Jan 9, 2014

posted June 18
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member

Sorry Im no help but I was chrious what VNS & RNS stand for? I tried clicking on them caused their highlighted as links but they dont take you to definitions or anything.

posted June 17
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