As with every medication or medical device the NCP has its advantages
and disadvantages. First of all, there is the big advantage that seizures
might decrease in number and in sever ness. There are also reports of a
Naturally, less seizures stand for a better quality of life, more
possibilities, etc. But the stimulation might also improve memory,
alertness, give a feeling of wellness and less visits to the
There are, however a few things that have to be taken in to
The battery of the NCP that is implanted depends of the model. There
are two models : Model 100 and Model 101. Standard duration is from 1 up
to 16 year. But, according to how you use it, your battery might have a
shorter lifetime : from 6.6 up to 10.
The more or the higher the stimulation is set (and the more frequent
the Magnets are used), the sooner your battery will empty itself. Another
surgery awaits you.
The complaint that is most current is the changing of the voice. This
is because the Vagus Nerve (Nervus Vagus in Latin) is connected to the
Nervus Larynges Recurrence (Latin). This nerve is connected to the
vocal cords. During the stimulation your vocal cords are slightly affected
which is the cause of the harsh voice.
For more information on your epilepsy and if you can have the Vagus
Nerve Stimulator implanted, please contact your neurologist.
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