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VNS Therapy™ Patient Stories

Many people experience life-changing seizure control with VNS Therapy. Hear from real people living with VNS Therapy share their experiences.


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Could you benefit from VNS Therapy™?

VNS Therapy is recommended by guidelines as an add-on therapy in reducing seizure frequency in children and adults with DRE who are not suitable for resective surgery.

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VNS Therapy™ Safety Profile

The most common side effects of VNS Therapy™ include:

Shortness of breath
Sore throat

These side effects generally only occur during stimulation and usually decrease over time. The most common side effect of the surgical procedure is infection.

Children under 12 may have a greater risk of infection than those 12 years of age and older and may be more likely to experience lead damage due to higher activity levels and the potential to manipulate the lead. Talk to your physician about the best ways to avoid these complications and about warnings, precautions, side effects, and hazards. Ask about risks that you should know about as well as any other issues that might be appropriate to discuss, such as status epilepticus and sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.

You can find more safety information here.

 References are available upon request.

The intended audience for this website is visitors in Canada. VNS Therapy™ for Drug Resistant Epilepsy is not available in all countries, please talk to your doctor.