Transcranial magnetic stimulation, often referred to as TMS is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when antidepressant medications haven’t been effective, have ceased working, or as an alternative to medication.
Are There Any Side Effects?
TMS does not circulate in the blood throughout the body, so it does not have side effects like weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, dry mouth, sedation, etc. The most common side effects reported during clinical trials were headache and scalp discomfort —generally mild to moderate—occurring less frequently after the first week of treatment.
How Long is the Treatment?
A typical initial course of treatment is about 19-37 minutes daily over 4-6 weeks.
Is TMS Covered by Insurance?
A vast majority of commercial and Medicare plans have recognized the effectiveness of treating depression with TMS Therapy and now cover TMS as part of their plans. We accept Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and United Health Care.
You’ll recline comfortably in the treatment chair. A small, curved magnetic coil will be positioned lightly on your head.
NeuroStar delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain. You’ll hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation on your head.
Because there are no effects on alertness or memory, you can drive yourself to and from treatment sessions. In-office treatment with NeuroStar TMS Therapy typically takes 19-37 minutes and is administered 5 days a week for approximately 4-6 weeks.*
Meet Dr. Vishal Shah
Graduated from Saba University School of Medicine with honors.
Completed Adult Psychiatry Residency at Howard University Hospital.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Akron Children’s Hospital
Medical Director at Prime Behavioral Health
Board Certified in Adult & Child Psychiatry
Non Invasive Procedure
NeuroStar TMS is a non-surgical procedure. No anesthesia is required.
No Negative Effect on Memory or Sleep
After your session is over, you can confidently return to any regularly scheduled activities such as work or school. Your sleep will not be affected at all either.
Covered by Most Health Insurance
Most insurance companies will help cover the cost of your NeuroStar Advanced Therapy consultation! Find out more by contacting us today.
The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy System is indicated for the treatment of depressive episodes and for decreasing anxiety symptoms for those who may exhibit comorbid anxiety symptoms in adult patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and who failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from previous antidepressant medication treatment in the current episode.
The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy system is intended to be used as an adjunct for the treatment of adult patients suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is only available by prescription. A doctor can help decide if NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is right for you. Patients’ results may vary.
The most common side effect is pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site. These events are transient; they occur during the TMS treatment course and do not occur for most patients after the first week of treatment. There is a rare risk of seizure associated with the use of TMS therapy (<0.1% per patient).
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