Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy
Unlike other depression treatments that require time spent in a hospital, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) takes place in an outpatient setting and does not require any form of sedation during the procedure. In fact, after the procedure the patient is not impaired in any way and is able to drive and return to normal activity.
During the Procedure
During the TMS procedure, the patient is seated in a comfortable chair, similar to one found in a salon or dentist office. The technician starts by taking precise measurements to ensure the accuracy of the treatment and proceeds to place a small coil device over the patient’s head in order to deliver magnetic pulses. These pulses cause electrical changes within the underlying brain circuitry. The TMS machine emits a repetitive clicking sound when the magnetic field is being discharged. Our patients typically listen to the music of their choice using noise-canceling headphones. Ear plugs are also offered. The procedure overall is non-invasive and most patients report no discomfort.
After the Procedure
Depending on the treatment parameters or the number of treatments, each treatment session can take anywhere between 15-45 minutes to perform. Patients typically resume their regular activities immediately after each session. To achieve effective results, patients are usually treated five days per week on weekdays for four to eight weeks, depending on the individual and a dynamic plan tailored by Dr. Stubbeman.