Vagus nerve stimulation

Department of Neurology

Head of Department:
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Stefan Schwab

Epilepsy Centre

Spokesman: OA Prof. Dr. med. Hajo Hamer

The efficacy of vagus nerve stimulation is based on the electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve and is intended to suppress epileptic seizures.

The stimulator itself is a device which can be compared with a pacemaker. It is implanted below the collar bone beneath the skin and is connected with the vagus nerve via an electrode in the neck area.

Quite often, vagus nerve stimulation helps patients in whose case surgery is not an option, such as patients who have several epileptic foci or a focus in an area which is not accessible to a neurosurgeon.

These procedures are likewise performed in the neurosurgery unit of the Department of Neurosurgery.