(Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)
TMS is an FDA Approved, Non-Drug, Effective & Safe
Treatment Option For Depression
What is TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)?
TMS is a proven and highly successful treatment for Major Depressive Disorder in adults who have failed to receive satisfactory improvements from prior antidepressant medications. Cleared for use by the FDA in October 2008, TMS utilizes a noninvasive magnetic field, similar to that of an MRI, to stimulate the natural function of the brain.
36% of TMS patients experience remission from depression
70% of TMS patients see an improvement in their symptoms
TMS is FDA approved and covered by insurance
Step 1: Evaluation
First, you will meet with one of our trained medical providers to review your medical history. They will ask questions about your past and your symptoms to determine if TMS is right for you.
Step 2: Insurance
Then, once our medical provider has determined that TMS is right for you, our Emerald team will submit a prior authorization to your insurance company and determine your coverage. We can review all payment options available to you as needed.
Step 3: Mapping
Next, you will have your first TMS treatment called the Mapping. At the Mapping, our medical provider will perform tests with you in the TMS chair to ensure everything is set up correctly to provide the best results. Once the mapping is complete, you move on to daily treatments.
Step 4: Treatment
Now you are ready for the rest of your treatments. Daily treatments are each 19 minutes long for 6 weeks and will have a midpoint check in appointment with a medical provider. There is no sedation, and you can return to normal daily activities right after treatment.
Step 5: Taper
Finally, we will taper you from treatments. Once you complete treatments our medical provider will perform one final assessment on your symptoms to ensure TMS worked for you.
How do I know if TMS is right for me?
If you have tried 2 or more antidepressant medications, along with psychotherapy and have failed to reach remission, TMS may be right for you.
Does insurance cover TMS?
Yes! Insurance does cover your TMS Therapy. At Emerald, we accept Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial plans.
Our dedicated Service Line Coordinator will handle all aspects of your prior authorization and work with your insurance company to explain all payment options.
What is a treatment like?
TMS is an in office treatment. You will meet your TMS Technician on your first appointment and receive treatment from the same technician each treatment.
You will be escorted to one of our TMS chairs. It is similar to a dentist chair. Our technician will apply your cap and the treatment will begin.
You are allowed to bring a book, phone or music but we ask that you please do not fall asleep during treatment.
What are common side effects?
There are no known side effects to TMS therapy.
It is very easily tolerated. There has been mild scalp discomfort reported.
How long is a round of treatments?
Each TMS treatment session lasts about 19 minutes and is typically given 5 days a week for 6 weeks, followed by a 2-3 week taper period, all based on your personalized treatment plan. Please arrive on time each day for your treatment.
Where do I go for treatments?
TMS therapy is available at both Emerald Psychiatry office locations:
- Dublin office located at 4995 Bradenton Ave, Suite 130, Dublin OH 43017.
- Columbus office located at 50 Old Village Rd, Suite 109, Columbus OH 43228.
Is sedation necessary for TMS treatments?
No anesthesia or adverse effects on memory are reported.
There is no down time with TMS and you can go about your normal daily activities right after treatment.
Is TMS safe?
Yes. Studies show that TMS therapy is safe for treating patients who have experienced inadequate results from antidepressants.
Hear how TMS therapy has helped our patients.
Facts about Depression
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