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VNS Therapy® is Safe for Children

VNS Therapy® (short for vagus nerve stimulation therapy) is an add-on treatment designed for people with drug-resistant epilepsy whose epileptic disorder is dominated by partial or generalized seizures. 

VNS Therapy is safe and effective for children

A Proven, Long-Term Treatment for Children

VNS Therapy® has been shown to safely help children with drug-resistant epilepsy gain control over seizures.

  • More than 35,000 children worldwide have been treated with VNS Therapy
  • Children treated with VNS Therapy have been shown to have fewer seizures, shorter and less severe seizures, and better recovery after seizures.
  • Early use of VNS Therapy has been proven to offer better long-term outcomes related to mental and physical development, which is critical at younger ages. (Based on a study with 14 patients implanted early - with respect to age).

In a study that compared the effects before and after being treated with VNS Therapy for 2 years

VNS Therapy® Benefits

63% of children have fewer seizures

63% of children had fewer seizures

N=83

42% of children have less severe seizures

42% of children had less severe seizures

N=195

48% of children have shorter seizures

48% of children had shorter seizures

N=195

40% of children have better recovery after seizures

40% of children had better recovery after seizures

N=195

"Life has changed hugely - not just for Katya, but for the whole family."
Katya's Mum
Your child's development can be affected by poorly controlled seizures. VNS Therapy® helps guard against this.

Developmental Improvements

In addition to its seizure-reducing effects, VNS Therapy has been shown to improve the following development outcomes in children:

Alertness

Alertness

Concentration

Concentration

Energy

Energy

Mood

Mood

Verbal Communication

Verbal Communication

Development of Life Skills

Development of Life Skills

Progress with School Work

Progress with School Work

Memory

Memory

What do patients think about VNS Therapy®?

View patient testimonials
For children and those with special needs with drug-resistant epilepsy

VNS Therapy® Guide

Our VNS Therapy Guide was written for children to help explain:

  • What is VNS Therapy?
  • How can it help me?
  • What do I need to do to get VNS Therapy?
  • What happens after the procedure?
  • What to expect living with VNS Therapy?

Could VNS Therapy® be right for your child?

If your child has tried two or more anti-seizure medications yet continue to have uncontrolled seizures, it's time to question their epilepsy seizure treatment. Talk to your doctor about drug-resistant epilepsy so alternative treatment options can be explored.

Take our assessment to find out if VNS Therapy® could be right for your child

VNS Therapy® Safety Profile

The most common side effects of VNS Therapy® include:

Hoarseness
Shortness of breath
Sore throat
Coughing

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.