Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an innovative therapy for those who have moderate to severe depression that have had trouble responding to medication. TMS works by using magnetic fields to increase or reduce specific brain activity. Using TMS allows doctors to change brain activity without surgery and with minimal discomfort to the patient.
To see if you qualify for this life-changing therapy, please fill-out this short survey and we will be sure to reach out to you.
You can also call Rocco at (518) 509-4TMS to schedule a consult
IS TMS the same as ect?
TMS and ECT might seem similar, but there are major differences between the two.
TMS uses magnetic pulses, much like what you would receive from an MRI machine, to stimulate specific parts of your brain. The area of the brain that is stimulated creates gentle electrical impulses that activate neural pathways in the brain associated with depression.
ECT or Electroconvulsive Therapy, uses electricity to the entire brain which causes a controlled seizure. This seizure helps produce neurotransmitters in the brain.
Both therapies are effective but ECT requires sedation, and someone to bring the patient to and from the procedure. Also, there are a list of potential side effects including short-term memory loss and confusion.
TMS has no reported side effects other than some mild discomfort and the application site and the patient can drive to and from the TMS treatment. The procedure is approximately 20 minutes and you can do it during your lunch break.
INNOVATIVE THERAPY CHANGES BRAIN ACTIVITY
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA has cleared the BrainsWay Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy System for use in those suffering from medication-resistant major depressive disorder (MDD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Reduction in Major Depressive Disorder Symptoms
In clinical studies, approximately half of patients treated with BrainsWay TMS Therapy responded. These patients experienced an average reduction in their depression symptoms that was more than twice the average in those receiving an inactive treatment. More importantly, individual patients can show striking benefits with complete resolution of the depression and practically no side effects. For more information about this innovative therapy, download the Patient Brochure.
Reduction in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder symptoms (OCD)
BrainsWay OCD – a non-invasive, innovative treatment – is transforming the lives of OCD patients. It offers an effective, safe and non-invasive treatment that uses Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to treat OCD. BrainsWay OCD is the only TMS treatment FDA-cleared to treat OCD.
The treatment delivers magnetic stimulation to the frontal brain structures and networks, targeting previously unreachable areas of the brain with its proprietary H7-coil. BrainsWay OCD has many advantages over other treatment options, as it is an outpatient procedure that is generally well-tolerated and has no systemic side effects.
For Other Indications
TMS can be applied to different brain areas with the goal of treating other conditions. Research is ongoing to determine whether these techniques are effective to treat:
- Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Chronic Pain
- Multiple Sclerosis (MSC)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post Stroke Rehabilitation
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Schizophrenia (Negative Symptoms)
- Smoking Cessation
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet approved the use of TMS for these conditions. However, TMS can be used as “off-label” treatments, though they are considered investigational (not proven). As such, for any of these treatment indications, we do a complete neurological evaluation with all prospective patients to ensure there are no safety contraindications, and acquire informed consent to ensure that all patients are aware that the treatments are considered off-label.
TMS In the News
Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, and #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of ‘Broken (in the best possible way), has found TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) to address her treatment-resistance depression. People magazine has an intriguing article by Sandra Sobieraj Westfall that details Jenny’s journey with TMS and how it has helped her treat her depression and anxiety.
Jenny Lawson was willing to try anything.
Plagued by unrelenting depression for most of her life, the Texas writer, 47, had her first round of transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, in 2018 — and it was life changing. Continue reading the article by clicking here.
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