The Procedure

VNS Therapy procedure is straightforward

The actual procedure takes only about an hour. It is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis.

Two small incisions are required: one on the upper chest area for the pulse generator and one on the left neck for the thin, flexible wires that connect the pulse generator to the vagus nerve.

The incisions heal in 1 to 2 weeks, and the scars fade over time. The neck scar is usually located within a natural crease of the neck and is therefore not very visible.

"I was worried about a scar, but it didn't take very long to heal. Now I try to show my scar to people and it doesn't work because nobody can really acknowledge that they see a scar. So they're quite imperceptible."

Marna, VNS Therapy since 2000

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The VNS Therapy System is indicated for use as an adjunctive therapy in reducing the frequency of seizures in adults and adolescents over 12 years of age with partial onset seizures, which are refractory to antiepileptic medications.

VNS Therapy (or the VNS Therapy System) is indicated for the adjunctive long-term treatment of chronic or recurrent depression for patients over the age of 18 who are experiencing a major depressive episode and have not had an adequate response to four or more adequate antidepressant treatments.