Archive for March, 2010

Epilepsy Treatment: The Vagus Nerve Stimulator

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

The Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) is a new way of thinking about the treatment of epilepsy. It was approved in 1997 as an add-on or secondary treatment.

The Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) is a new way of thinking about the treatment of epilepsy. It was approved in 1997 as an add-on or secondary treatment, being used along with medication, primarily for treating partial onset seizures, generalized seizures, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. The VNS is also seeing success in treating other types of seizures associated with epilepsy. While it was originally recommended for patients over 12 years of age, it has been used for patients from as young as 8 months. The VNS has seen success, helping many patients find much welcomed relief from difficult to control seizures. As it is an implant, it is one of only a few drug-free treatments for epilepsy. (more…)