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What is vagal nerve stimulation and does it works? My wife and I are considering this new treatment which involves an operation to stimulate nerves in the neck for our son. He is 14 and he has epilepsy for several years which is very difficult to control with medication.

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This treatment showed some promise in the treatment of adults with epilepsy which is resistant to treatment or can't be treated in the conventional way and research has suggested that vagal nerve stimulation may be even more effective in children. However, it isn't a cure. The treatment consists of a small operation to insert a wire electrode into the patient's neck and place this wire around the vagus nerve on the left side of the body, the electrode is connected to a power unit, or stimulator, inserted under the skin near the collar bone, which delivers a tiny current every few minutes. The point is that the electrical pulse helps to dampen down the electrical activity in the brain causing seizures, but it's not yet clear whether this is actually how it works.
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