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Innovative technology

Useful in retraining patients with dysphagia, a condition that causes difficulties when swallowing, VitalStim® retrains the muscles needed to complete the swallowing process through specially designed electrodes attached to the patient’s neck. A small current stimulates motor nerves, causing the muscles in the neck to contract for improved swallowing. Repeated therapy helps to gradually retrain the muscle groups to complete the swallowing process.

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Success using VitalStim

In a clinical trial of nearly 900 patients using VitalStim, more than 98% showed improved scores in swallow function. More than 97% of the patients with severe dysphagia regained swallow function past feeding tube reliance and nearly 40% regained full swallow ability. Depending upon the severity level, VitalStim has been proven to be two to three times more effective than traditional stimulation therapy techniques.

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