Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Vagus Nerve Stimulation

If you have been diagnosed with epilepsy and you’re not achieving satisfactory seizure control from medications, your doctor may recommend vagus nerve stimulation. This option does not involve brain surgery, and it is safe and effective.

The surgery involves implanting an AspireHC™ (High Capacity) generator into your left chest area. The AspireHC™ has a thin, flexible wire that automatically sends mild stimulation to the left vagus nerve in your neck at regular intervals. This is a short, outpatient procedure that typically takes an hour or two.

One advantage of the AspireHC™ is that it has the longest battery life of any vagus nerve stimulation therapy. You will eventually have to replace the generator, but this will be a less frequent occurrence, and a short outpatient procedure.


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