From the website:
Seizures occur when there is a sudden malfunction or “short circuit” in the nerves that carry electrical signals from the brain to the body. Depending on the location of this abnormal electrical activity within the brain, different physical symptoms can occur. (Learn more about seizure disorders.)
The VNS Therapy System works like a pacemaker to help control these electrical signals. The VNS Therapy generator is implanted just under the skin in the upper chest. Two thin, flexible wires are attached to the left vagus nerve in the neck.
The generator sends small electrical pulses to the vagus nerve, which then delivers the pulses to the brain. This gentle stimulation helps to prevent the electrical irregularities within the brain that cause seizures. Click here to learn more about the VNS Therapy System implant procedure.
One year ago, I wrote this:
The procedure is a simple outpatient procedure and it will happen April 10th at 9 am. After that, my life will change. It has to. All of my eggs are in this basket and it has to work. I'm out of options, out of patience, and out of fight. This HAS to work.Well guess what? It did. My surgery went very well, and I had the support of many wonderful friends and family. Since my surgery, my seizures have decreased by 79.4% monthly!! When I have a partial complex or small seizure, it's considered a bad day, not a several-times-a-day occurrence. I have not had a grand mal seizure since September, and my grand mals post-surgery have been much milder.
In the past few months, my energy has increased, I have been able to work more, I have been able to exercise again, and soon, I will be able to drive for the first time in over three years. Epilepsy once stole my life, but thanks to the VNS, I'm slowly taking it back.