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Implant of NeuroPace® Responsive Neurostimulation System for Epilepsy

Spectrum Health is the first health system in Michigan and among the first in the nation to successfully implant the NeuroPace® Responsive Neurostimulation (RNS®) System, an implantable therapeutic device designed to detect abnormal electrical activity in the brain and respond by delivering imperceptible electrical stimulation to normalize brain activity before an individual experiences seizures.

The procedure was successfully carried out May 6 in a six-hour surgery at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. This footage captures the successful surgery of a second patient, Kelly Cromer, 43, of Dowagiac, Mich., performed on May 14. Kelly Cromer discusses living with seizures here:

The surgery places a battery powered microprocessor into a cavity created in the patient's cranium, which is connected to electrodes implanted in the brain at the site where seizures are believed to originate. The operations were carried out by a team led by Kost Elisevich, MD, PhD, neurosurgeon, co-chair department of clinical neurosciences, chief, division of neurosurgery, Spectrum Health Medical Group.
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