TMS - Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment
What is TMS?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an advanced procedure used to treat the symptoms of depression in patients whose condition has not improved through other traditional approaches.
Manufactured by NeuroStar, TMS Therapy® works to treat depression by stimulating cells within the brain with magnetic fields to generate activity and release neurotransmitters which changes the way the brain works.
Traditionally, antidepressant medications are used as the first line of attack against depression. TMS is for those who prefer to avoid medication or for those whose depression has been resistant to other forms of treatment.
What To Expect From The Procedure:
During the TMS procedure, a coil device is placed over the patient’s head to deliver magnetic pulses to the brain. These pulses are thought to cause electrical changes within the neurons of the left prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain that regulates mood.
The procedure is painless and noninvasive. Each treatment session takes about 30 minutes to perform, and patients can resume their regular activities immediately after each session. To achieve effective results, patients will need to undergo multiple visits each week for six to nine weeks, depending on their individual condition.
Results Of TMS
After a full course of treatment, patients usually notice a significant reduction in depression symptoms, as well as improvements in anxiety, appetite, pain and lack of energy. In clinical trials of over 10,000 treatments, approximately one out of every three patients experienced complete symptom relief after a nine-week treatment.
To learn more about the advanced benefits of treatment with TMS, and to determine if this procedure is right for you, please call us today to schedule a consultation.
As with any course of treatment, short-term side effects are a possibility. This is what you may experience after TMS:
- Facial spasms
- Scalp discomfort
These side effects subside within 24 hours. There are no long-term side effects.
Unlike other depression treatments, such as medications, TMS is NOT associated with the common side effects of weight gain, sexual problems, sleepiness or memory loss. It is also much less invasive than deep brain stimulation, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and other alternative treatment options for depression.
TMS is FDA approved.*
Insurance will cover TMS for those diagnosed with Major Depression Disorder (MDD) if the patient meets certain criteria. Please click here to see the Medicare criteria. All other insurances reference these criteria and add their own specific criteria. Please contact your personal insurance agency for coverage options.
Out-Of-Pocket is also an option, and there are financial support options available:
Paid through your healthcare flexible spending account.
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*TMS is currently only approved for depression, however, there is evidence that this procedure can be effective for treatment of a wide range of brain disorders, including dystonia, migraines, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Researchers are currently working to determine the safety and effectiveness of TMS treatment for these conditions.