RNS System vs. VNS Therapy -
What is the difference?

Only the RNS System records your seizure activity so your doctor can personalize your epilepsy treatment.

Only the RNS System records your seizure activity so your doctor can personalize your epilepsy treatment.

Key Differences

RNS System

Targets the seizure focus

Responds to brain activity, where your seizures start

 

No chronic stimulation side effects1, 2

 

Records ongoing brain activity for your doctor to review

VNS Therapy

Targets the vagus nerve

Stimulates at set intervals and responds to heart rate (some models)

Hoarseness, voice alteration, sore throat, shortness of breath are possible side effects3

Does not record brain activity

The RNS System

Targets the seizure focus in the brain

Responds to brain activity, where your seizures start

No chronic stimulation side effects1, 2

Records ongoing brain activity for your doctor to review

VNS Therapy

Targets the vagus nerve in the neck

Stimulates at set intervals and responds to heart rate

Hoarseness, voice alteration, sore throat, shortness of breath

Does not record brain activity

1. Jobst et al., Epilepsia. 2017. 2. Geller et al., Epilepsia. 2017. 3. LivaNova, VNS Therapy Patient’s Guide for Epilepsy. 2017.

Courtney’s seizures started when she was 23 years old.

In 2008, she tried VNS Therapy, but it didn’t help with her seizures. It also affected her vocal cords when she tried to speak or sing. Now the with the RNS System she is close to being seizure-free.

“To my amazement, the RNS System soon reduced the frequency and severity of my seizures… As my doctor has fine-tuned my medications, I’ve reached the point where I am close to being seizure-free.” -Courtney

READ HER STORY

*Every person’s seizures are different and individual results will vary

Courtney’s seizures started when she was 23 years old.

In 2008, she tried VNS Therapy, but it didn’t help with her seizures. It also affected her vocal cords when she tried to speak or sing. Now the with the RNS System she is close to being seizure-free.

*Every person’s seizures are different and individual results will vary

“To my amazement, the RNS System soon reduced the frequency and severity of my seizures… As my doctor has fine-tuned my medications, I’ve reached the point where I am close to being seizure-free.” -Courtney

READ HER STORY

How The RNS System Works

Seizures Start in Your Brain. That’s Where They Should Stop.

Monitors your brain activity 24 hours a day

Recognizes & Responds to your unique brain patterns to stop seizures

Records brain activity for your doctors to review

Monitors your brain activity 24 hours a day

Recognizes & Responds to your unique brain patterns to stop seizures

Records brain activity for your doctors to review

Talk to someone who has the RNS® System

Michael McKenna, MSW
Received the RNS System in 2008
Emily Pidgeon, LMSW
Received the RNS System in 2014
Michael McKenna, MSW
Received the RNS System in 2008
Emily Pidgeon, LMSW
Received the RNS System in 2014

Hear an Epilepsy Specialist discuss RNS and VNS

Watch Dr. Vikram Rao, epilepsy specialist at UCSF Medical Center, present on Neuromodulation for Epilepsy. In his presentation, Dr. Rao explains drug-resistant focal epilepsy and discusses the NeuroPace RNS System and VNS Therapy as treatment options.

Learn More about the RNS System