The latest Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy is designed to prevent seizures before they start and stop them if they take hold.
The new, recently FDA approved implantable generator SenTiva, features a wireless wand that interfaces with a small tablet offering patients with drug-resistant epilepsy a physician-directed customizable therapy to reduce the number of seizures, lessen the duration of seizures and enable a faster recovery. The Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s is the first Arizona hospital to offer the treatment.
Dr. P. David Adelson, director of Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Phoenix Children’s Hospital said the new device approved for patients as young as four years of age represents the next step in caring for children with epilepsy,
“It provides Phoenix Children’s clinicians the data necessary to individualize our patients care and target their unique seizure profile.”
Last week, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital hosted the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona for an informative presentation regarding treatments for alternative treatment methods for epilepsy such as neuromodulation options (vagus nerve stimulation [VNS] and responsive neurostimluation [RNS]), laser ablation surgery and resective surgery.
Photo Courtesy of Peter Balistrieri, Phoenix Children’s