How you prepare

It's important to carefully consider the pros and cons of vagus nerve stimulation before deciding to have the procedure.

Make sure you know what all of your other treatment choices are and that you and your doctor both feel that vagus nerve stimulation is the best option for you. Ask your doctor exactly what you should expect during surgery and after the pulse generator is in place.

Food and medications

You may need to stop taking certain medications ahead of time, and your doctor may ask you not to eat the night before the procedure.