Vagusnervstimulator

Vagal nerve stimulators are an implantable device used to treat a number of conditions although the mechanism of action has not been completely elucidated.

Indications

Vagal nerve stimulators are indicated in patients with :

Procedure

The internal pulse generator is typically inserted below the left clavicle and the leads traverse towards the vagus nerve, typically the left, in the lower neck.

Complications

  • hoarse voice
  • throat pain
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath
  • muscle pain / paresthesias in areas supplied by the vagus nerve
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