In Augusta, depression can be effectively treated with the our Advanced TMS therapy, and everyone wants to know how the procedure works.
Throughout Georgia, TMS Is Effective, But Exactly What Happens?
The procedure is simple, but the technology is very advanced.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy focuses a pulsed magnetic field, similar to what is used in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine, to stimulate areas of the brain which are under-active in depression.
This procedure is done in our office while our patients are awake and alert. Each treatment takes about an hour, and a course of therapy is administered on weekdays over several weeks.
These are the simple steps for our Advanced TMS:
- Step One: Our patient reclines comfortably in the treatment chair, awake and alert
- Step Two: A small curved device containing the magnetic coil rests lightly on our patient’s head
- Step Three: The device delivers repetitive, targeted, short bursts of magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain
- Step Four: Our patient can immediately resume normal activities
During our Advanced TMS treatment, our patients hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation on the head while they read, or talk to us, or watch television. The most common side effect is generally a rather weird mild-to-moderate pain or discomfort at or near the treatment area during the session. When this occurs it is temporary, and typically occurs only during the first few days of treatment.
There are no adverse effects on alertness or understanding; patients being treated with our Advanced TMS can drive themselves to and from their treatment sessions.
Our NeuroStar TMS Therapy may not be right for everyone, but it may be exactly right for you, or for someone close to you. In Augusta, depression has a new foe; we’re excited because it gives so many of our patients hope for a happy, depression-free future.