Vagus nerve stimulation is a procedure which is especially for vegetative patients or for patients who are in coma for a long time. With the help of Spine Injury Cure center, there is a treatment known as Vagus nerve stimulation which is helpful in treating vegetative patients.
What is Vagus nerve stimulation?
Vagus nerve stimulation is a procedure in which electrical impulses are delivered to our vagus nerve. This type of treatment is used when the patient is at a critical stage or every other treatment has been used but there is no improvement in the condition of the patient. It is used as an adjunctive treatment for some types of epilepsy and treatment resistant depression.
What happens in this procedure?
With the help of this procedure, seizures are controlled. This is done by sending regular pulses of electrical energy to the brain via vagus nerve. When the device is connected to the body, the patient has no idea about it. It is also known as a peacemaker for the body. In this procedure, incisions are made and a stimulator device is implanted under the skin in the chest. There are wires present in the device which are adjusted around the vagus nerve in the back. The battery that is present in the device for stimulating lasts around 5-10 years and depends on the setting that is being used. Settings include stimulation amplitude of 1.0 to 3.0 mA, stimulation frequency of 20-30 hertz, pulse width of 130 to 500 microseconds.
What are the benefits?
1. Vagus nerve stimulation dramatically helps in reduction of inflammation.
2. It is a drug free alternative.
3. There is reduction in seizures.
4. Improved alertness.
5. Verbal communication increases.
6. Memory is one more area which gets improved.
Who is a candidate?
A patient who has been suffering from seizures and on heavy medication but not benefitting from it is a perfect candidate.