This Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) was always thought by me as just a “second choice” if the first operation doesn’t work out. No biggie. But I’ve also been looking into this VNS as I just did for the brain surgery. now, I know these are usually extreme cases from people, but still….

Surgery risks
Surgical complications with vagus nerve stimulation are rare and are similar to the dangers of having other types of surgery. They include:

  • Pain where the cut (incision) is made to implant the device
  • Infection
  • Incision scarring
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Vocal cord paralysis, which is usually temporary, but can be permanent

And then…

Side effects after surgery
Some of the side effects and health problems associated with vagus nerve stimulation can include:

  • Voice changes
  • Hoarseness
  • Throat pain
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Breathing problems, especially during exercise
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Abdominal pain or nausea
  • Tingling or prickling of the skin

For most people, side effects are tolerable. They may lessen over time, but some side effects may be bothersome for as long as you use vagus nerve stimulation. Adjusting the electrical impulses can help minimize these effects. If side effects are intolerable, the device can be shut off temporarily or permanently.

Now, I’ve also seen a VLOG on YouTube from a guy that has extreme epilepsy and has gotten this implant. He talks about how after his implant his implant that he had to quit his job at McDonalds. I can see this. If he has a hard time communicating, it’s impossible to work. Oh, and he says it’s REAL hard to sleep at first. Having a jolt of electricity sent to your brain every few minutes can be very awaking. Again, I have questions and this isn’t a sure thing. Just a “second” thing.


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