Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy

Dr. Buser has been actively involved with Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) since 2006. He has been one of the leading psychiatrist in the United States for VNS and has had over 50 patients treated with the device.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation involves a surgically implanted pace maker in the chest wall which stimulates the Vagus Nerve via small electrodes in the neck region. This pacemaker sends mild electrical stimulation to the nerve which conducts the impulses to the brain. Studies have show substantial improvement of severe and chronic depression for patients who have failed numerous trials of antidepressant treatment. It appears helpful both in Major Depression and Bipolar Depression.

Dr. Buser has also been involved in clinical trials for Deep Brain Stimulation as well. This appears to be a promising neurostimulation technique as well and is being evaluation for severe depression, OCD and Tourettes.

Dr. Buser has lectured widely on the use of neurostimulation to physicians and other caregivers.