Programmer & Accessories
Learn more about the VNS Therapy™ System Programmer and other components
The latest release of the VNS Therapy® Programming System consists of a wireless Programming Wand, Model 2000 and a touchscreen Programmer, Model 3000 preloaded with the VNS Therapy Software.
The Programmer and Wand connect wirelessly and allow you to:
- Interrogate (communicate with) the generator in order to adjust therapy parameters
- Assess generator and lead function
- View device histories
- Export session reports
The Programmer, Model 3000 and Wand, Model 2000 are compatible with the latest VNS Therapy generator (Model 1000 SenTiva®) and generator Models 102-106.
For more on how to use the VNS Therapy Programming System, including tutorials and quick reference guides, visit the Product Training page.
The VNS Therapy® System uses a silicone-insulated lead to deliver the electrical signal from the pulse generator to the left vagus nerve. The latest generation of implantable lead is the PerenniaFLEX®.
- The PerenniaFLEX®, Model 304 lead combines the flexible handling characteristics of earlier device models with 3.5-times greater durability.
The lead is bifurcated at one end, with two helical electrodes and an anchor tether, which are coiled around the vagus nerve. The other end has a single connector pin, which is tunneled subcutaneously to the chest pocket and inserted into the pulse generator. The lead is available in two sizes (2.0 mm and 3.0 mm) to accommodate different nerve sizes and ensure optimal fit.
The LivaNova® Tunneler, Model 402 is a single-use surgical tool used to subcutaneously tunnel the lead connector and body from the neck incision site to the generator in the chest pocket. It is compatible with all VNS Therapy Leads.
The Tunneler package contains four basic components: a stainless steel shaft, two fluorocarbon polymer sleeves (one small-diameter, one large-diameter), and a stainless steel bullet tip. If necessary, the Tunneler can be manually shaped (≤25 degrees) to help direct it through the body.
The VNS Therapy Accessory Pack, Model 502 contains replacements for components of the lead and generator that may become unusable during routine surgery.
Each pack includes:
- Hex screwdriver: used to adjust the generator setscrew(s) and to allow the escape of back pressure created by lead insertion. A hex screwdriver is also provided with the pulse generator.
- Resistor assemblies (single and dual pin): used to perform the optional Generator Diagnostics (Pre-Implant Test) in cases of troubleshooting to verify that the generator is functioning properly, independent of the lead.
- Four tie-downs: used to secure the lead to fascia during implantation and to help form the strain-relief bend and loop. Tie-downs are also supplied with the leads.
Patient Essentials Kit
The Patient Essentials Kit is provided to the patient or caregiver after the VNS Therapy implant procedure. The kit contains:
- Two VNS Therapy Magnets: can be used to provide on-demand stimulation as an attempt to abort or deintensify a seizure, temporarily inhibit stimulation, verify generator functioning, or reset the generator (in combination with the programming system).
- Magnet accessories: one belt clip to wear the magnet pager-style and one wristband to wear the magnet watch-style
- Patient Information cards: contains information about the VNS Therapy System that patients should carry with them at all times
- Epilepsy Patient Manual