Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

What is TMS?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a noninvasive brain stimulation technique that uses an electromagnetic current to stimulate brain cells called neurons.

What is it used for?

TMS is approved by FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for treatment-resistant depression, commonly known as Major Depressive Disorder. This is a kind of depression that has not responded to the trial of several antidepressants and talk therapy.

How Does It Work?

By sending a focused electromagnetic current through a copper coil to the brain it reaches nerve cells ( neurons) and causes functional changes in them which leads to significant symptom improvement.

Is it Covered by My Insurance?

TMS is covered by several insurance providers like Medicare, BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, United Health Care, and some others.

What are the chances of my symptom improvement?

TMS seems to help 35% of the treatment-resistant patients go into remission (complete resolution of symptoms) and 50% of patients experience improvement in their symptoms from their current level of severity.

How Long Is the Treatment?

Treatment is given 5 days a week for 6 weeks. Each session lasts for 15-20 mins in our office. 1st session will last longer to detect the correct positioning and delivery of stimulation.

What Are the Side Effects?

TMS is essentially free of side effects. Due to local stimulation on the scalp, some people experience a slight headache which is generally mild and resolves after a couple of treatments.

What Are the Precautions After Treatment?

There are no precautions. You can drive to and from the treatment center and carry on with your usual activities.

Who Can’t get TMS Treatment?

People who have Aneurysmal Clips, Pacemakers, Cochlear implants, Magnetic implants, and Bullet fragments.

What Do I Need to Do to Get Started?

Please call our office and make an appointment for a consultation with our psychiatrist to evaluate if you are the right candidate for TMS. Once that’s determined we will work with your doctor and insurance to obtain prior authorization.

What If My Insurance Doesn’t Cover It?

We can work with you on a payment plan to help you get this treatment.

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