What is TMS?
What is TMS?

Welcome to Ascent Neurobehavioral Institute and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Center.

TMS Therapy uses a pulsed magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. TMS Therapy is performed by prescription only in a psychiatrist’s office under their supervision while you remain awake and alert.

NeuroStar TMS Therapy® is an outpatient procedure that does not require any type of sedation. The typical treatment course consists of 5 treatments per week over a 4-6 week period for 20-30 treatments. Each treatment session lasts approximately 37 minutes.

What is TMS Therapy?

Many patients with depression do not respond to medication. In the United States approximately 7.2 million individuals receive antidepressant treatment each year, but only 3.2 million (44%) receive adequate relief.  Many individuals experience intolerable side effects when taking antidepressants or simply do not have a response.

TMS is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure which uses magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the portion of the brain believed to control mood.  NeuroStar TMS Therapy® is indicated and FDA-cleared for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from one prior antidepressant medication at or above the minimal effective dose and duration in the current episode.

Fifty-percent of patients who receive TMS treatments experience a minimum of a 50% reduction in the symptoms accompanying depression.  Thirty-three percent of patients who receive TMS treatments over a 6-week course of treatment enter full remission from their depression.  These results are particularly exciting when compared to the fact that once a patient has tried two anti-depressant medications, the chances of a 3rd or 4th medication trial being effective is less than 12%.

TMS therapy is an outpatient procedure that takes place in our office at Ascent NBI & TMS Center. Patients are under supervision by one of our specialist and remain completely awake and alert during the painless procedure. Treatment sessions last approximately 37 minutes.   A treatment course for Major Depression consists of 5 treatments per week over a 4-6 week period (20-30 treatments).  Patients can respond to treatment as early as two weeks.

NeuroStar TMS Therapy is:

  • Non-invasive, meaning that it does not involve surgery. It does not require any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment.
  • Non-systemic, meaning that it is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body

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