I have had treatment resistant depression for years and last June was implanted with the Vagal Nerve Stimulator Device, which is used to treat depression, since FDA approval approx 2 years ago. It had been used to treat Epilepsy for years. Until recently, Medicare covered the cost of the procedure (approx $35,000). It has now been denied, but some insurance companies do cover it.
I am being treated by a Psychiatrist, who has over 40 patients with this device. We are having our first meeting on Sept 17 th to share our stories, progress, etc. If anyone is interested in hearing more, the company name who makes the device is Cyberonics (they are very helpful), visit www.VNSTherapy.com or use this forum as an exchange of info. I would share my experiences off line if interested.
What concerns me is that the use of VNS is not mentioned here, and all my old doctors in Wash DC never heard of it. Why?