“It’s not brain surgery.” And it doesn’t have to be.
There are a host of epilepsy procedures that are minimally invasive.
The Vagus Nerve Stimulation
(VNS)has been used to treat more than 30,000 epilepsy patients worldwide.
It’s designed to prevent or interrupt seizures or electrical disturbances in the brainfor people with hard to control seizures.
Used in conjunction with anti-seizure medications, the VNS uses electrical pulses that are delivered to the vagus nerve in the neck and travel up into the brain.
It’s not clear how this inhibits seizures, but the device can reduce seizures by 20 to 40% and completely control seizures in about 5% of people.
Side-effects of vagus nerve stimulation include hoarseness, throat pain, coughing, shortness of breath, tingling and muscle pain.
Responsive Neurostimulation System
The RNS consists of a miniaturized, implanted computer (that’s flat and about the size of a half-dollar). It can…
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