TMS FAQ 2019-09-17T15:36:39-04:00

How does TMS work?

TMS is a process that uses short targeted magnetic pulses

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What is TMS and How does it work?

TMS is a process that uses short targeted magnetic pulses (like an MRI) to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. The pulsed magnetic field may have a positive effect on the brain’s neurotransmitter levels by targeting the regions of the brain thought to be responsible for mood regulation.

Frequently Asked Questions about TMS

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is administered by placing a small coil on the top front portion of the head. The device sends a magnetic pulse to the brain. The device is positioned by Laura, our TMS Coordinator and the patient sits or reclines comfortably in a chair. In-office treatment with NeuroStar TMS Therapy takes 19-37 minutes and is administered 5 days a week for approximately 4-6 weeks.

NeuroStar TMS Therapy® is indicated for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in adult patients who have failed to receive satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medication in the current episode

NeuroStar has the largest clinical data set of any TMS treatment. Clinical studies with over 900 people have shown that NeuroStar may help achieve remission for people living with depression. NeuroStar TMS is the only TMS system with the durability of its effects established over 12 months.

In a trial with physician directed standard of care, meaning Neurostar TMS Therapy could be used in conjunction with antidepressants as needed, patients who had received treatment then reported their symptom levels at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months to determine the durability of their treatments. By the end of the 12-month period, 2 out of 3 patients who had either responded or completely remitted after TMS treatment remained at the symptom levels they reported at the end of the treatment phase.  After the end of the treatment period, only 1 in 3 patients needed to come back for maintenance TMS sessions, or ‘reintroduction’ during this 12-month period.

NeuroStar has the largest clinical data set of any TMS treatment. Clinical studies with over 900 people have shown that NeuroStar may help achieve remission for people living with depression. NeuroStar TMS is the only TMS system with the durability of its effects established over 12 months.

In a trial with physician directed standard of care, meaning Neurostar TMS Therapy could be used in conjunction with antidepressants as needed, patients who had received treatment then reported their symptom levels at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months to determine the durability of their treatments. By the end of the 12-month period, 2 out of 3 patients who had either responded or completely remitted after TMS treatment remained at the symptom levels they reported at the end of the treatment phase.  After the end of the treatment period, only 1 in 3 patients needed to come back for maintenance TMS sessions, or ‘reintroduction’ during this 12-month period.

NeuroStar TMS Therapy is proven safe and easy to tolerate.  NeuroStar TMS Therapy doesn’t have the side effects that are often associated with antidepressant medications.  The most common side effect being mild to moderate scalp discomfort and headaches.  Both usually went away after the first week of treatment.

TMS is not safe for patients who have non-removable conductive metal or stimulator implants in or near the head, including deep brain stimulators, cochlear implants, and vagus nerve stimulators.  Patients who have a history of seizures or who have sustained traumatic brain injury are not optimal candidates for TMS.

No, TMS and ECT are very different treatments. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or “shock therapy” intentionally causes a seizure. Patients receiving ECT must be sedated with general anesthesia and paralyzed with muscle relaxants. Recovery from an ECT treatment session occurs slowly, and patients are usually closely monitored for minutes to a few hours after treatment. By contrast, TMS does not induce a seizure and therefore does not require sedation, anesthesia, or muscle relaxants. Patients are able to resume daily activities immediately after a TMS session.

TMS is currently FDA approved to treat major depression. Ongoing studies are currently researching the effects and usefulness of TMS as a treatment for pain, tinnitus, anxiety, and more. Researchers in these areas follow current guidelines set by the FDA for treating depression.

TMS is covered by most insurances. However, each insurance has different prerequisites for coverage.  Call us now so we can run your insurance to help you understand your coverage.

TMS Therapy is an outpatient procedure, that is now offered in our clinic. There is no sedative administered during TMS treatment, so you can immediately resume normal daily activities and can drive yourself to & from your appointments.

According to Neurostar, the number one choice for TMS prescribers, TMS could be right for you if you identify with two or more of the follow statements:

  • Depression symptoms have interfered with my daily life.
  • I am not satisfied with the results I get from depression medication.
  • I have had or worry about side effects from depression medications.
  • I have switched medications for depression due to side effects.
  • I am interested in a proven, non-drug therapy for depression.

Only NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS) has durability over 12 months.

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IS TMS RIGHT FOR ME?

Are you taking medication to treat your depression? 

Are you still depressed despite your medication?

Are you experiencing side effects from your medication?

Have you switched medications more than once due to side effects? 

Are depression symptoms interfering with your leisure activities or relationships with your family and friends? 

Are depression symptoms having an effect on your ability to earn a living?

IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THE QUESTIONS, YOU WILL BENEFIT FROM TMS THERAPY!

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