VNS is short for vagus nerve stimulation — that is, stimulation of the nerve responsible for
relaying messages between the brain and certain parts of the body.
In this way, VNS Therapy helps control the type of brain activity that often leads to seizures —
without any brain surgery.
The patient magnet offers additional seizure control for some people. By briefly holding the magnet over the generator when you feel a seizure coming on (or during a seizure), the seizure may be stopped or shortened in duration or intensity. In other situations, the magnet can be used to temporarily stop VNS Therapy stimulation — for example, during public speaking or exercise. If you experience severe or lasting side effects, apply the magnet and contact your doctor.