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Dr. Kanaly earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt University Medical School, Nashville, TN. He completed a neurological surgery residency at Duke University, Durham, NC. Dr. Kanaly is a clinical instructor at Boston University.

He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Medical Association, Society for Neuro-Oncology, North American Spine Society, Rhode Island Medical Society and Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

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Call (401) 273-4155

Dr. Kanaly sees patients at:

RI Neurosurgical Institute
118 Dudley Street, Providence, RI 

Southeastern Medical Center
60 Messenger Street, Plainville, MA.
A New Treatment for Epilepsy is Now Available at Memorial
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Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island is now offering Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Therapy, the only FDA-approved device treatment option for epilepsy.

Epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder in the U.S., affecting over 3 million Americans of all ages. The primary treatment option for epilepsy is medication, but two-thirds of patients have seizures that cannot be controlled by medication alone.

In 1997, a new treatment option designed to help these patients first became available. VNS Therapy is an implantable device that indirectly delivers mild electrical impulses to the brain via the vagus nerve in the neck to prevent, or mitigate, seizures. Neurostimulation revolutionized the treatment of epilepsy. With the introduction of VNS Therapy, epilepsypatients were offered a completely new option, and, for many, new hope.

To date, VNS Therapy technology has:
  • Been used to treat more than 70,000 epilepsy patients worldwide
  • Evolved through five generations to become smaller, have a longer battery life and provide advanced functionality

To learn more about VNS Therapy as a treatment option for
refractory epilepsy, contact Charles Kanaly, MD, at (401) 273-4155.

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What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which the nerve cell activity in your brain is disturbed, causing a seizure during which you experience abnormal behavior, symptoms and sensations, including loss of consciousness.

Seizure symptoms vary. Some people with epilepsy simply stare blankly for a few seconds during a seizure, while others repeatedly twitch their arms or legs.

About 1 in 100 people in the United States may have an unprovoked seizure once in life. However, a solitary seizure doesn't mean you have epilepsy. At least two unprovoked seizures are generally required for an epilepsy diagnosis.

Even mild seizures may require treatment because they can be dangerous during activities such as driving or swimming. Treatment, which generally includes medications or sometimes surgery, may eliminate or reduce the frequency and intensity of seizures. Some children with epilepsy even outgrow the condition with age.
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