The Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Clinic at Lurie Children’s monitors patients receiving VNS therapy for epilepsy, and collects data on VNS efficacy and tolerability. After the area heals, the health care providers in VNS clinic may adjust the stimulator setting. It delivers a gentle intermittent current to the vagus nerve to prevent seizures. If a child senses a seizure is imminent, or the parent observes the warning signs, they can place a magnet over the child’s body where the stimulator is located. This can prevent the seizure from starting. The stimulator’s battery needs changing every few years.
Your child can see our neurosurgeons for a pre-operative visit in either location to learn about the VNS. In addition, your child will be scheduled for regular follow-up visits in the VNS clinic after surgery for VNS programming and monitoring.