WHAT TO EXPECT
Your First Treatment Session
Because your TMS-certified physician needs to determine how to most effectively administer treatment, your first session could last up to an hour and a half. You will be provided and asked to wear protective earplugs, as the system emits a tapping sound during operation.
Your TMS physician will first perform a test to identify your motor threshold. The motor threshold is the amount of magnetic field strength that results in a movement of your right thumb. This test is important because it identifies the magnetic field strength that will be used in your treatment. This field strength is customized for each patient to deliver the correct treatment dose.
After this initial procedure, the TMS physician will determine the place on the head where the TMS treatment will be applied and the magnetic coil will be moved to that location. This will allow you to receive optimal treatment.
The TMS Specialist will then administer TMS Therapy over an approximately 19-37 minute period. In 10-second intervals, the device will deliver rapid “pulses” of the magnetic fields. These will feel like tapping on your scalp. Some patients may find this tapping uncomfortable. Your physician may be able to make adjustments to reduce this discomfort.
About TMS Treatments
During the Procedure
Each treatment may last as little as 17 minutes during which time you will be awake and alert. The magnetic pulses make a clicking sound and feel like a tapping on the scalp but do not result in more than mild discomfort. We do supply hearing protection which is recommended.
After the treatment you can drive and resume your normal activity. TMS is non-invasive, meaning it does not involve anesthesia or medication and has no systemic side effects. Typical TMS side effects are transient and may include mild irritation or discomfort at the treatment site and headache.
A usual course of treatment for depression consists of sessions 5 days a week Monday through Friday for 6 weeks followed by an additional 6 treatments spread out over 3 weeks. As you progress through your treatment, we will regularly assess with you your status and address any concerns you may have.
If you have any questions
Please don’t hesitate to call us. My office staff & myself want to see our patients get healthy. This is our top priority. We emphasize results & customer care because at the end of the day that’s what matters.
During my 25+ years of treating depression, I’ve never seen results like TMS. The transformation from start to finish makes me happy to offer it to patients. People walk out of here depression-free.
TMS is covered by almost all insurance companies. BUT dealing with these insurance companies can be intimidating and stressful.
My staff has put in place an efficient system that sees if you’re covered by your insurance provider. Let us handle the insurance headache. We want to be a stepping stone in your journey to getting your life back from depression.
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