What is VNS Therapy® and how does it work?
VNS Therapy® is a neuromodulation treatment designed for people with drug-resistant epilepsy 4 years of age and older with partial onset seizures. It can safely lead to fewer and shorter seizures and better recovery after seizures.
Medication alone isn’t the answer for 1/3 of people having seizures. Seizures that continue after trying at least two appropriately prescribed anti-seizure medications are considered drug-resistant epilepsy.
Studies have proven that adding more medications is not likely to control this kind of epilepsy. But despite this data and what we know about the risks of living with drug-resistant epilepsy, many people continue to be prescribed multiple medications instead of being evaluated for non-drug therapy options.
If you’ve tried multiple medications yet continue to have seizures, it may be time to consider alternative treatment options.
VNS Therapy® for Drug-Resistant Epilepsy
VNS Therapy is an add-on neuromodulation treatment designed for people with drug-resistant epilepsy 4 years of age and older with partial onset seizures. It can safely lead to fewer and shorter seizures and better recovery after seizures.
VNS Therapy is a small device implanted under the skin in the chest and connected to the left vagus nerve in the neck. VNS Therapy delivers mild pulses to the brain through the vagus nerve to help prevent seizures before they start and help stop them if they do.
VNS Therapy has been used to treat more than 125,000 people with drug-resistant epilepsy, including 35,000 children, and has over 25 years of data to support it.
Less Severe Seizures
Improved Post-Seizure Recovery
VNS Therapy has been shown to improve over time to help control seizures for years to come.
In a 10-year study that tracked the effectiveness of VNS Therapy at reducing the frequency of seizures:
Quality of Life Improvements with VNS Therapy
In addition to its seizure-reducing benefits, VNS Therapy® may offer meaningful quality-of-life improvements. These improvements may be related to the ability to think or communicate or could be related to one’s general outlook on life—all of which can go a long way toward helping reduce the constant fear of a seizure so you can focus on the things that matter most.
VNS Therapy has been shown to offer significant improvements related to:
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"Life's really good. I'm back in school. I'm dancing. I'm smiling."Mariam, On VNS Therapy since 2014
How does VNS Therapy® work?
VNS Therapy is delivered through a device that sends mild pulses to the vagus nerve at regular intervals throughout the day in an effort to prevent seizures.
An additional dose of therapy may stop or shorten your seizure, decrease its intensity and improve recovery after seizures.
VNS Therapy includes a short outpatient procedure, which is not brain surgery.
Helps Prevent Seizures
Stimulation is delivered at regular intervals all day, every day, to help prevent seizures.
Allows your doctor to program your device to automatically increase therapy settings at intervals he or she chooses in advance until you reach your targeted dose. This option can reduce the need for you to attend follow-up appointments for programming, giving you time back to live your best life.
Is an optional feature that allows your doctor to customize VNS Therapy based on your lifestyle preferences or side effect management. Your doctor can program your device to different settings for any two periods of time during a 24-hour period.