When anti seizure medications are not well tolerated or effective for epilepsy patients, Vagus Nerve Stimulation, sometimes called a “pacemaker for the brain” is an effective therapeutic device. Surgically implanting a pulse generator into the chest, the device sends out electrical signals along the vagus nerve through a wire threaded under the skin. The electrical currents stimulate the nerve, and are programmed and monitored by our neurologists. A hand held magnet is given to the patient, and can stop or reduce the severity of an on coming seizure by providing an immediate current of electricity. Epilepsy patients receiving this therapy have reported less severe seizures with shorter recovery times, and improved sense of well being and mood, improved alertness and cognitive skills and decreased emergency room visits.