Depression treatment with TMS in Manhattan
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive treatment for depression offered at Trifecta Health Medical Center in Downtown Manhattan NYC.
Dr. Fruitman, M.D. has been successfully treating patients with TMS since 2010, and is an expert in treatment with TMS Therapy and psychopharmacology.
TMS Therapy is an FDA-cleared safe and effective non-drug depression treatment for patients who are not satisfied with the results of standard drug therapy. It can alleviate unwanted side effects commonly associated with antidepressants such as weight gain, sedation and sexual problems.
There is no need for anyone to go through his or her entire life suffering from depression.
Depression is a brain disease and too often it’s not treated by a specialist and can lead to devastating consequences.
Many patients are not aware of all the tools available for treatment including non-drug treatment options. We have a proven advanced technology, TMS Therapy that may get patients well in just a few weeks and does not have the side effects of medications.
For patients who have tried antidepressant medications with no symptom improvement, there is TMS therapy. NeuroStar TMS is a safe, effective, treatment options for adults who suffer from major depression. Remission from depression is possible with NeuroStar TMS therapy available at Trifecta Health Medical Center.
As a pioneer of TMS Treatment in New York City, Dr. Fruitman artfully integrates his skills as a psychopharmacologist and psychotherapist, with innovative technology of TMS.
TMS uses magnetic stimulation of the brain to help control mood in adults with major depression. The procedure was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in October 2008 after more than 10 years of clinical investigation in patients who failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from one course of Pharmacotherapy (medication). For this reason, TMS is particularly helpful for people who have not experienced significant relief from antidepressant medications or who have difficulty with their side effects.
HOW DOES TMS WORK?
TMS uses focused magnetic pulses to non-invasively stimulate the brain in the prefrontal cortex (the region of the brain associated with mood regulation).
During a TMS treatment NYC, a clinician gently places a magnetic coil against one side of a patient’s head.
The magnetic fields penetrate approximately two to three centimeters beneath the scull directly into the brain to produce electrical currents. These currents activate cells within the brain that are thought to release neurotransmitters, which play a role in mood regulation. Since depression is believed to be caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, TMS helps restore balance and relieve the symptoms of depression.
Through a treatment coil, the NeuroStar TMS Therapy system 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 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.
This procedure is completely painless and non-invasive, performed similarly to an MRI scan of the brain. Each treatment session takes about 30 minutes to perform, and patients can resume their regular activities immediately after each TMS session. To achieve effective results, patients will need to undergo multiple visits each week for three to six weeks, depending on their individual condition.
THE ADVANTAGES OF TMS THERAPY
TMS requires no anesthesia or sedation and patients are awake and alert during the procedure. Because no medications are administered, there are no systemic side effects or cognitive after-effects (memory loss and ability to concentrate); therefore, patients can return immediately to regular activity.
During a TMS therapy session at Trifecta Health, the patient sits in a comfortable reclining chair similar to that found in a dentist’s office. A headset is applied to deliver the magnetic stimulation. Ear plugs are provided to decrease the loud clicks associated with each magnetic pulse and the patient is given the option of watching TV. During the procedure, the patient is monitored continuously to ensure correct positioning and comfort level.
Trifecta Health in Downtown New York pioneered the technique of engaging the patient in Cognitive/Supportive Psychotherapy during the course of TMS treatments, administered by a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
ARE THERE RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS WITH TMS?
More than 10,000 TMS treatments were safely performed during clinical trials. Patients reported no side effects like those associated with antidepressant medication (weight gain, dry mouth, drowsiness, sexual side effects, etc.), and no cognitive side effects. Scalp discomfort during the procedure is the most common side effect.
TMS therapy should not be used for patients with implanted metallic devices that include metal plates in the skull or aneurysm coils, clips or stents. Special precautions are recommended for individuals with implants, such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators.
IS TMS COVERED BY INSURANCE?
Both private and public insurers are determining eligibility for TMS therapy on an individual basis. However, until TMS is accepted more widely as a medically necessary treatment, insurance coverage will most likely not be authorized. Patients should work directly with their insurers to determine coverage. Patients can then work with a Patient Account representative to arrange payment schedules and to obtain assistance in applying for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses from their insurers.
Trifecta Health teamed up with Neuronetics, the manufacturer of TMS equipment, to work with patients’ insurance carriers to maximize insurance reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses associated with TMS.
At Trifecta Health treatments for depression are offered with great care and expertise, and as an innovative and highly attentive medical center, Trifecta offers the latest treatments for depression in New York City.