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Medical Services

Pediatric Neurology has provided support, hope, and cutting edge medical treatment to over 15,000 patients in the Central Florida area, while placing a particular emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of Epilepsy.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)

Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) is a treatment option designed to prevent seizures by sending regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve. The device which provides these pulses is similar to a pacemaker. In fact, it is sometimes called the "pacemaker for the brain."

Through surgery, the device is placed under the skin on the chest wall. A wire runs from the device to the Vagus Nerve, located in the neck. The vagus nerve is an important part of the autonomic nervous system. This is the system that controls the actions of the body that are not voluntary such as breathing or heart rate.
 
Because of the timed electrical impulses the device delivers
to the brain, the Vagus Nerve Stimulator is often
referred to as a "Pacemaker for the Brain."

After the surgery is performed, a neurologist programs the strength and timing of the pulses based on each patient's specific case. By using a programming wand connected to a laptop computer, the settings can be programmed without entering the body.

The device is then scheduled to start for a time period (for example, 9 seconds or 45 seconds) and stop for a period (for example, 18 seconds or 10 minutes). The device runs continuously but the patient is usually unaware that it's even operating.

Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Davis to determine if this treatment is right for you.

Questions?


We welcome your questions and want you to understand your diagnosis and treatment options.  If at any time there is something you do not understand, please ask us to explain.  Some medical conditions are complex and may need to be explained more than once.

If English is not your first language, the services of an interpreter should be arranged prior to your first visit. This is the resposibility of the patient.  (Si el Inglés no es su lengua materna, los servicios de un intérprete deben de ser ordenados antes de su primera visita. Esta es la responsabilidad del paciente.)
Our services include the diagnosis, treatment, and/or management of the following:

Botox Injection Therapy

Vagus Nerve Stimulation

EEG Electroencephalography

EEG Overnight Unit

Long-term Assessment of Epilepsy

Surgical Procedures:

Cortical Mapping

Focal Mapping

Corpus Callosotomy

Hemispherectomy

Conditions:

Epilepsy

Dizziness (Vertigo / Syncope)

Headaches

Movement Disorders

Muscular Dystrophy / Neuromuscular Disorders

Hypotonia / Muscle Weakness

Spastic Cerebral Palsy / Spasticity

Ataxia

Bell's Palsy

Brachial Plexus Injury

Dystonias

Myopathy / Neuropathy

Tremors