Another option is vagus nerve stimulation where a small pacemaker-like device is surgically implanted below the skin on the upper chest. The device delivers a small electrical current to the vagus nerve in the neck. An impulse continues up the nerve to the brain.
Our doctors along with others have found that the vagus nerve stimulator can be helpful for children with epilepsy, especially when combined with the use of the ketogenic diet. In select cases, surgery may be required to stop the seizures. Some children will outgrow epilepsy.