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Prior to Surgery
On the Day of the Surgery
After Surgery Your child will most likely be able to go home following the procedure.
Recovery: What to Expect in the Next Few Weeks Most children will be fully recovered in a few days and can resume their normal activities. You and your child will be trained on how to use the hand-held device that activates the VNS to deliver an immediate current to control a seizure. You may have to see the doctor again so the levels can be adjusted for your child's comfort.
Question & Answer
What does the implantation involve?
Under general anesthesia, a pacemaker-sized stimulator device is surgically implanted just under the skin in the upper part of the chest. A wire is run under the skin from the stimulator to an electrode attached to the vagus nerve (via a tiny incision in the neck). The device is programmed to deliver tiny pulses of electricity to stimulate the nerve. These settings can be readjusted in the doctor’s office based on the patient’s tolerance. The patient also has a hand-held device that can provide an immediate current to help stop or reduce the intensity of a seizure when it begins.
How many incisions are made?
Two tiny incisions are made – one in the chest and one in the neck.
What is the recovery time?
Most children will be fully recovered in a few days and can resume their normal activities. You and your child will be trained on how to use the hand-held device that activates the VNS to deliver an immediate current to control a seizure. To ensure your child's comfort, you may have to visit the doctor again so that the levels can be adjusted.
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