TOP 7 QUESTIONS WE HEAR FROM PATIENTS
What is Deep TMS?
dTMS stands for Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, a safe and non-invasive treatment for Treatment Resistant Major Depressive Disorder (TRMDD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Is the procedure safe?
Deep TMS has been proven to be safe and generally well tolerated. The treatment does not cause any systemic side effects, which are the effects generated by medication entering the bloodstream and circulating throughout the body, such as insomnia, weight gain and sexual dysfunction. The most common side effect is temporary, mild pain or discomfort in the area of the treatment site, which occurs during the deep TMS therapy session. This typically occurs only during the first week of TMS treatment. Other side effects may include muscle twitching and jaw pain. Deep TMS therapy should not be used if the patient has metal implants in or around the head (except for standard amalgam dental fillings).
When can I get back to work?
With deep TMS there is no down time. You can return to your normal routine right after each session.
Does insurance cover TMS treatment?
Because of the large number of individuals benefiting from TMS, most insurance companies including Medicare are
How does deep TMS therapy work?
Deep TMS uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate the area of the brain that is thought to function abnormally in patients with depression. The magnetic field produces an electric current in the brain that stimulates the brain cells (neurons). This results in changes the are thought to be beneficial in the treatment of depression and other indications
Will this work?
TMS, when utilized for major depressive disorder has a good chance to work for you. Results in clinical settings about 75% of patients have had a response (a response is a reduction in symptoms of at least 50%) to TMS and about 50% have gone into full remission of their depressive symptoms. there are some individuals that TMS will not work for. TMS for OCD has varied results.
Is deep TMS Therapy a good alternative for patients who cannot tolerate the side effects associated with medications?
Deep TMS Therapy is non-systemic (does not circulate in the blood throughout the body), so it does not have side effects caused by medications. Most common side effects reported during clinical trials were mild headaches and jaw pain, occurring less frequently after the first week of treatment.