Advanced NeuroStar TMS Offers Long-Lasting Remission from Depression
Introduction to NeuroStar® TMS
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a series of repetitive, brief and highly focused magnetic pulses, used to stimulate specific neurons in the brain. TMS is an effective, non-invasive, outpatient treatment with few known adverse effects and no systemic side effects. TMS is currently used in the treatment of depression and is prescribed when antidepressant medications have failed.
When a nerve cell ‘fires’, an electrical impulse travels along its length. It communicates with other nerve cells by releasing neurotransmitters, which create an electrical impulse in other cells. In depressed patients, the electrical activity in certain areas of the brain have been shown to be reduced. TMS uses a focused electromagnetic coil, to rapidly pulse a magnetic field to the targeted area of the brain.
The magnetic pulses induce an electrical current in the brain, stimulating the nerve cells, increasing the brain activity to normal levels.
NeuroStar® TMS Therapy
NeuroStar® takes TMS to the next level with the first FDA-approved TMS therapy system developed for the clinical setting.
Precision is key to delivering the right TMS dosage. Over the course of multiple treatments, you want to consistently repeat the fully prescribed dose to targeted mood-regulating brain tissue. Deviations in dosing or location may degrade treatment, which could lead to patients not fully benefiting from TMS therapy. Advanced NeuroStar® TMS Therapy delivers the right dose every time.
How Does TMS Therapy Work?
NeuroStar® TMS Therapy is a proven non-drug outpatient treatment option for major depression, with proven safety and effectiveness. The treatment lasts only 19-minutes and doesn’t cause any systemic side effects. There is no downtime with the therapy, and the patient immediately returns to normal activities, including driving. It is covered by Medicare and Tricare, as well as most private insurers.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy can help patients achieve long-lasting remission from depression.
NeuroStar’s pioneering work in TMS therapy (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) underpins the rapid development of TMS technology worldwide. Over the decade, NeuroStar has dominated the field of TMS therapy in the clinical setting.
Because NeuroStar is a non-drug treatment, people don’t experience side effects like those associated with antidepressant medications. The most common side effect is temporary pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site. These effects are temporary and do not occur for most people after the first week of treatment.
What Makes Us The #1 Choice For TMS In Omaha?
TMS Institute of Great Plains Mental Health is no ordinary TMS clinic. Our patients are our #1 priority and we care deeply about what we do. When you choose TMS Institute of Great Plains Mental Health you become part of a compassionate group of mental health professionals that are focused on restoring your mental health so that you can live a healthy quality of life.
We take time to listen to our patients and provide a comfortable, relaxing, and confidential environment where our patients feel welcome and know that we care about them and their ability to move past their depression symptoms. Our goal is to help each of our patients to achieve long-lasting symptom relief. In order to do this, we must remain abreast of the most current technological and effective treatments available for mental health conditions.
Why TMS Is The Best Option For Depression
TMS therapy is more than just hope for long-term relief and remission from depression. While antidepressants are still used as the first line of treatment for depression, they often lose their effectiveness over time. Additionally, with each new trial of an antidepressant medications, the rate of efficacy significantly drops. In fact, the StarD* study indicates that by the time a patient tries their 4th antidepressant, the rate of efficacy drops to a stunning 6.9%.
TMS offers an alternative, complimentary, and more holistic approach to healing – treating depression at its source. While TMS does not provide a permanent cure, an average length of remission is up to one year, and many patients have sustained greater than 50% improvement in symptoms for well beyond a year.
What Makes TMS Different Than Medications?
TMS treats depression at its source and directly targets the area of the brain responsible for the terrible symptoms experienced by those suffering from depression. Medications like antidepressants are systemic, which means that the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream and can cause numerous undesired side effects. TMS is prescribed when antidepressants have failed or the side effects are intolerable. TMS does not cause systemic side effects and offers hope and long-term remission to patients suffering from depression long-term remission and relief.
Other treatments for depression include electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which works by applying a brief electrical pulse to the brain that medically induces a seizure. ECT is performed in a hospital, and anesthesia is required. Patients are even restrained during the procedure. ECT can be associated with numerous side effects, including body aches and memory loss.
TMS is a gentle, non-systemic, outpatient procedure with few known associated side effects, if any, and can be done in as little as a few minutes. Patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately after treatment.