Once you or your healthcare provider has determined that TMS may be right for you, you’ll proceed with a consultation with a TMS Center psychiatrists. During this consult, we’ll screen for contraindications to TMS therapy as well as discuss your medical and psychiatric history and medications. The initial consultation acts to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for TMS therapy. Any of your remaining questions or concerns can be raised at this time. Intake forms and a new patient informational packet will be provided. Contact our office to schedule an initial consultation.
First Day of Treatment
Treatment is administered by a trained technician and overseen by a medical doctor. The technician will familiarize you with the equipment and treatment procedure prior to commencing the first session. Staff working at TMS Center of Colorado have been educated and trained regarding the use of TMS therapy using the Brainsway Deep TMS therapy system.
- During treatment, patients are fully conscious and able to read, listen to music, or converse with the technician.
- TMS is an outpatient procedure which means that no hospitalization is required.
- The TMS therapy procedure itself is non-invasive, and requires no anesthesia.
- The magnetic stimulation is delivered using the TMS device which assures the TMS treatment is directed appropriately to the brain.
The intensity of the stimulus that will be delivered is determined by inducing a motor-evoked potential (i.e. causing movement or a twitch to occur) in the thumb muscle. You may feel a tingling or tapping sensation on the head, and scalp muscles may feel a little tense, during and a bit after the procedure. This is normal and may result in a minor headache.
Duration of Treatment
The TMS treatment protocol consists of 20 to 30 sessions. Sessions are usually Monday through Friday over 4 to 6 weeks, excluding weekends and holidays
Each treatment session is approximately 40 minutes.
In some cases, 5-10 extra sessions are recommended for late responders. This need will be assessed with you individually by a trained staff member and medical staff.
Communication With Staff
It is important that you feel comfortable at the TMS Center. Please feel free to discuss any concerns and feelings that you are experiencing, and to ask questions as they arise.
TMS Center of Colorado staff members are trained therapists and appreciate learning how we can help make your treatment experience as pleasant as possible.
Last Day of Treatment
Treatment response is determined based on clinical assessment scale and verbal feedback from patients.
At the end of treatment our medical director will meet with you to review your treatment, discuss ongoing needs and answer any outstanding questions.
Our team cares about ongoing patient progress following treatment. It is our priority to keep in contact with patients and encourage them to do the same.
- Regular follow-ups via telecom and/or email are encouraged.
- Please expect to hear from us following the final treatment.
- Calls to staff members with questions or concerns are strongly encouraged.
Following the first stage of Acute TMS therapy, Maintenance Treatment sessions may be required to prevent any slippage.
Maintenance Therapy will vary from patient to patient and is assessed on an individual basis. A trained medical staff member will discuss this possibility with you following acute therapy.
You will be encouraged to call TMS Center of Colorado staff immediately if you sense depressive symptoms returning.
Please consult your family doctor, mental health provider or psychiatrist following TMS therapy, in order to facilitate continued care after the treatment.