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Vagal nerve stimulation

NEUROSTIMULATION

At UCA UK, we offer vagal nerve stimulation — an advanced treatment which can improve seizures

About

Vagal nerve stimulation is where the vagus nerve is stimulated through a mild electrical current. This Is normally used to reduce the frequency and severity of intractable epilepsy but there are other potential applications for depression, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. The electrical current comes from a tiny, implanted generator.

Need to know

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    Vagal nerve stimulation is carried out under general anaesthetic. Your consultant surgeon will implant the pulse generator under the skin in your chest, using small incisions. Your surgeon will then connect the device to the vagus nerve (the left vagus nerve, as the right carries nerves to the heart) using very fine wire under the skin. The device will be activated after you have recovered from surgery.
     
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. You'll be having general anaesthetic for this procedure and should be able to go home the same day. Please make sure someone is able to collect you from the hospital.

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    When you've recovered from your vagal nerve stimulation, your consultant will activate the device. They will show you how to use it and when to switch it off.

    This device will send mild electrical pulses through to the vagus nerve and then to the brain, modifying the signal. This can reduce the severity and frequency of epileptic attacks, severe depression and even symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
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