Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
VNS stimulation is mild, well tolerated, and does not affect other brain activity.
Methods that stimulate the nervous system are not yet curative, but are used to decrease the burden of seizures and/or medication. With such treatment, seizures are often shorter and less intense and recovery happens more quickly.
We currently offer vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). VNS stimulates the left vagus nerve, which runs along the neck to the brain, via a small generator implanted in the left chest wall. VNS modulates neural circuits that are excessively synchronized in patients with epilepsy. VNS stimulation is mild, well tolerated, and does not affect other brain activity.