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Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is designed to stimulate the vagus nerve by using a small pacemaker-like device placed in the chest. VNS has been proven to increase inhibition in the brain’s cortex; therefore, reducing the likelihood of seizures. 

Is surgery right for me?

Surgery for epilepsy is an important decision – one that needs to be based on each patient’s unique needs and goals.

When seizures are frequent or severe enough to significantly interfere with a person's ability to function at full capacity, surgery may be an option. Surgery may also be considered appropriate after anti-seizure medications have not proved effective at controlling seizures. 

Patients of any age, including infants, may be considered for surgery, depending on individual circumstances. Request an appointment with our doctors to see if surgery is a viable option for you.

Request an appointment

For more information about epilepsy treatment, request an appointment at the Johns Hopkins Epilepsy Center.

 

Scheduled for Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins?

Watch the patient experience video before you come

ONLINE SEMINAR: Epilepsy Surgery: Putting the Puzzle Together

Did you miss the online discussion with neurosurgeon William Anderson on epilepsy surgery? Dr. Anderson discusses treatment option for epilepsy and recent surgical advances that may offer help where medical management and medications have not.

Watch the recording here.

 

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