Responsive Neurostimulation

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Responsive neurostimulation (RNS) is a device that is placed in a patient’s skull by a pediatric neurosurgeon, as an epilepsy surgery treatment option, and connected to the part of the brain responsible for seizure activity. The device is programmed by a pediatric neurologist to detect pre-seizure brain activity and disrupt any abnormal brain seizure activity with electrical impulses to prevent seizures. 

A Le Bonheur patient who underwent responsive neurostimulation has the RNS checked at a clinic appointment.

Who is eligible for responsive neurostimulation?

  • Responsive neurostimulation is approved young adults ages 18 and older.
  • RNS device implantation can be an epilepsy surgery option for those who have not had success controlling seizures through medication.

For more information, contact Le Bonheur’s Neuroscience Institute at

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Le Bonheur patient Hannah Lawrence sits down with Neuroscience co-director James Wheless, MD, to talk about about responsive neurostimulation devices and her experience with epilepsy surgery.