VNS Therapy

Implantation

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 60,000 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

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.