TMS, which stands for Transcranial Magnetic Therapy, is a non-invasive procedure which stimulates specific regions of the brain to treat depression.
FDA-approved in 2008, TMS is often used to manage treatment-resistant depression.
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How does it work?
An MRI-strength magnetic coil sends tiny magnetic pulses through the skull to areas of the brain associated with mood regulation.
Patients are awake and alert throughout the entire process, while a dedicated technician is present to make ensure comfort, precision
and accuracy for the duration of the TMS treatment.
Does it hurt?
It is a painless procedure completed in the doctor's office Monday-Friday over 6-8 weeks. Treatments last 30-40 minutes,
and patients are free to drive, work and go about their day before and after each session without side-effects.
Will my insurance cover it?/How much does it cost?
TMS is covered by most commercial insurances, however, certain criteria must be met before starting TMS.
The cost can vary based on the status of deductible and out-of-pocket costs accrued throughout the year.
Is this like ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy)/Shock therapy?
No. TMS uses a magnet to induce brain activation, while ECT uses electricity. ECT sessions requires anesthesia and a
full day in the hospital, while TMS can be completed in an office setting while you are awake and alert.
While both can effectively treat depression, ECT may result in memory loss while TMS does not have any negative side-effects.