The surgery is expected to take about 90 minutes and involves two (2) incisions, one on the left side of your neck (about 6 cm) and one in your upper left chest (about 3 cm) just below the collarbone (clavicle). After you receive anesthesia and are asleep, the surgeon will locate the vagus nerve in your left neck and then will wrap the spiral electrode portion of the vagus nerve stimulation lead around the vagus nerve. The connector side of the lead is tunneled under the skin and the connectors are attached to the stimulator. After testing the stimulator is placed in the chest pocket and your incisions are closed with stitches. Usually you will stay overnight after the surgery and then released, but this may vary depending on the surgeon, hospital policy, and your own response to surgery. After surgery you will recover for approximately one week or as directed by your doctor. Once you have recovered, you will start your study treatment.
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Callier Center for Communication Disorders, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center