General characteristics of the surgical implantation of the VNS Therapy™ System
Takes approximately 1 hour
(generally performed on an outpatient basis)
Does not directly involve the brain
Has been performed by surgeons with a variety of specializations
Has been used to treat more than
25,000 epilepsy patients worldwide
Typically performed under general anesthesia

Physicians who implant the VNS Therapy System should be:

  • Experienced performing surgery in the carotid sheath,
  • Familiar with vagal anatomy, particularly the cardiac branches, and

Prior to implanting the VNS Therapy™ System, surgeons should be thoroughly familiar with all training materials including:

  • Product labeling for ALL VNS Therapy components (Physician’s Manuals)
  • “Implant Guide for the VNS Therapy System” training manual
  • Videotape on the proper implantation technique: “Implantation of the VNS Therapy System”
  • Electrode practice fixture—a device used to practice placing the lead coil around a simulated left vagus nerve.

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