FAQs

You may have a number of questions about the TMS alternative to drug therapy. We want you to feel 100% sure that TMS is a safe and non-invasive treatment alternative that can help you get back to normal.

We are here to help you. You can always call us for a caring, compassionate phone conversation that can help you understand our treatment and if it could help you.

CALL 303.884.3867 TO SPEAK TO ONE OF US.

 


 

What is the history of TMS Therapy?
  • First used in 1985, TMS has been used by researchers around the world to help understand the function of different parts of the brain. Several hundred manuscripts have been published regarding its use in stimulating select regions of the brain.
  • Since the mid 1990s, TMS has been studied as an antidepressant therapy.
  • In 2006, the largest randomized, controlled study ever conducted with TMS Therapy was completed. This study was sponsored by Neuronetics and utilized the NeuroStar TMS Therapy system
  • Recently, the NeuroStar TMS Therapy system, was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of adult patients with major depressive disorder who have failed to receive satisfactory improvement from prior medication antidepressant treatment
  • Brainsway Deep TMS recently received FDA clearance to treat major depression for those who have not improved from prior antidepressant medication treatment.

 

What is TMS Therapy?
  • Patients being treated by TMS Therapy do not require anesthesia or sedation and remain awake and alert.
  • It is a 20-40-minute outpatient procedure that is prescribed by a psychiatrist and performed in a psychiatrist’s office.
  • The treatment is typically administered daily for 4-6 weeks.

 

What is involved in a TMS treatment?

A TMS treatment session is conducted using a device. Through a treatment coil which is applied to the head, the TMS therapy device generates highly concentrated, magnetic fields which turn on and off very rapidly. These magnetic fields are the same type and strength as those produced by a (MRI) machine.

These pulsed magnetic fields are delivered to the head targeting specifically the region of the brain that is believed to be responsible for causing depression.

 

What does a TMS treatment feel like?

During a TMS treatment, the patient will feel a tapping sensation on the scalp. TMS therapy produces a loud clicking sound, so earplugs are provided.

 

How does a patient determine if TMS is right for them?
  • A consultation appointment with a TMS Center of Colorado psychiatrist is required prior to being scheduled for TMS treatments.
  • Interested patients should schedule a consultation by calling 303-884-3867.
  • Once approved by a psychiatrist for TMS treatment, the patient will be scheduled for a treatment series consisting of 5 treatments per week over a 4-6 week period for an average of 20- 30 treatments. Each treatment lasts approximately 40 minutes.

 

What should a patient expect when receiving TMS?

Treatment does not involve any anesthesia or sedation and patients remain awake and alert during the treatment. Patients are able to drive and/or return to work and/or other daily activities immediately after treatment.

 

How soon would benefits of TMS treatments be seen?

Most patients have experienced results by the fourth week of treatment, however everyone is different and some patients may notice benefits over a shorter or longer period of time.

 

Who should not have TMS treatments?

TMS therapy should not be used by anyone with a seizure disorder or high seizure risk. Also TMS therapy should not be used by anyone who has magnetic-sensitive metal in their head or within 12 inches of the  Magnetic Coil that cannot be removed. Objects that may have this kind of metal includes:

  • Aneurysm clips or coils,
  • Stents,
  • Implanted Stimulators,
  • Electrodes to monitor brain activity
  • Ferromagnetic implants in your eyes or ears,
  • Bullet fragments and other metal devices or objects implanted in the head.

 

Does TMS hurt?
  • The most common adverse event related to treatment was scalp pain or discomfort at the treatment area during active treatments, which was transient and mild to moderate in severity. The incidence of this side effect declined markedly after the first week of treatment.
  • Less than 5% of patients discontinued the study due to adverse events.

 

Will treatment be covered by insurance?
  • You will have to check with your individual insurance carrier for coverage
  • TMS Center of Colorado participates in Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Please see our financial policy concerning payment for TMS Therapy

 

Does TMS cause memory loss?
  • TMS Therapy was systematically evaluated for its effects on memory.
  • The clinical trials demonstrated that TMS treatment does not result in adverse effects on memory or concentration

 

Is TMS Therapy a possible treatment for other conditions?
  • TMS therapy is approved by the FDA for treatment resistant depression.
  • It may be used OFF-label with careful consideration and written consent for Tinnitus, Parkinson’s disease and number of other conditions.

 

How do I get started?