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''What exactly...?'' » juanantoniod

Posted by pseudoname on November 17, 2005, at 8:05:41

In reply to Re: Please keep us posted!, posted by juanantoniod on November 17, 2005, at 2:39:58

> What exactly would you like to know?

Just the sort of stuff you seemed to be offering, to the extent that you're comfortable sharing your actual experience as you go through the process.

•What's the intake interview like?
•What do they tell you about qualifying for VNS?
•Do they require brain scans, EEGs, etc?
•If any docs/family members disagree about you having it, what do they say?
•If you raise objections/concerns with the VNS people, how do they respond?
•Do they let you talk to patients who've had it done?
•Any problems with your provider paying for it?
•If you do get it done, how big a disruption was the surgery/recovery?
•If you have complications, how are they dealt with?
•And mostly (hopefully!) DID IT WORK?

I've had 2 pdocs in 2 weeks suggest it, but I decided against it for now, mostly because of the remarkably low remission and response rates for an expensive, permanent procedure that has significant complications and leaves scars and often still requires antidepressant meds. And has an as-yet-unknown rate of poop-out. I wish they could better tell who will/won't respond.

But I'm not ruling it out.




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