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Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS)

Innovative Relief 

Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS)

At The Remedy, VNS is part of our comprehensive approach to mental health care, designed to leverage cutting-edge therapies that enhance overall wellbeing and resilience. Our dedicated team supports each patient through their unique health journey, providing personalized care that fosters recovery and improves quality of life through innovative medical solutions.

What is Vagal Nerve Stimulation?

Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS) is an advanced treatment option approved by the FDA for individuals with challenging-to-treat depression. This innovative therapy targets the vagus nerve, a key component of the body’s autonomic nervous system and offers hope to individuals who have not found relief through traditional treatments.

The vagus nerve, also known as the “wandering nerve,” is the longest cranial nerve in the body. It plays a crucial role in regulating various bodily functions, including heart rate, digestion, and mood. It is connected to several regions in the brain that are involved in mood regulation, making it a prime target for treating depression.

how does VNS work?

During the VNS treatment, a small pacemaker-like device is implanted beneath the skin on the chest wall. This device, which is not visible, delivers mild electrical pulses to the vagus nerve, stimulating it to send signals to the brain. These signals help regulate mood and reduce symptoms of depression over time.

What are the benefits of VNS?

VNS has shown significant benefits in improving depression, reducing suicidal ideation, and enhancing overall quality of life. This therapy offers hope to individuals who have not responded to traditional depression treatments.

Who can benefit from VNS?

VNS is approved for adults aged 18 or older who have severe depression and have not responded to four or more adequate depression treatments, such as medications, therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and Ketamine.

Please note, VNS is not suitable for everyone. It is our goal to provide individualized patient-centered care to each person we serve. We will carefully assess each individuals physical, mental, and emotional well-being before recommending VNS.

Why Choose VNS at The Remedy?

At The Remedy, we have a specialized team of psychiatrists with expertise in VNS treatment and long-term management. We collaborate with the University of Minnesota, utilizing their skilled neurosurgeons for the implantation process. As a leading provider of VNS in the state, we are dedicated to offering personalized care and support to each individual.

Your Path to Healing Starts Here

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Consultation with
our expert team

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Personalized treatment
plan development

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Ongoing support
and monitoring

Your Partner in Recovery

Committed to Your Mental Wellness

At The Remedy, expertise and empathy go hand in hand, providing a supportive environment that mirrors the esteemed care of top academic medical centers. Here, every individual is a partner in their path to wellness, and every treatment is a step toward a brighter, more promising tomorrow.

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