NeuroStar TMS Therapy
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.
TMS involves delivering magnetic pulses to specific parts of the brain. A typical initial course of treatment is about 19-37 minutes daily over 4-6 weeks. Therapy sessions are conducted in the Psychiatry office, and patients are awake during treatment. Patients can return to normal activities right away. There are no negative effects on memory or sleep.
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.