Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, the region’s leader in behavioral health, is pleased to offer this new, innovative treatment.
Avera Medical Minute:
Watch Dr. Matt Stanley and a patient discuss TMS therapy.
TMS Therapy: A New Hope for Depression Sufferers
TMS Therapy: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation – a safe, effective treatment for depression. TMS has been changing lives for those suffering from depression throughout the country.
What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?
The area of the brain that is thought to control mood – the prefrontal cortex – is underactive in people with depression. TMS uses highly focused magnetic pulses to stimulate this area, restoring it to normal function and lifting depression symptoms. TMS is approved by the FDA.
Who is a candidate for TMS?
TMS is for people whose depression symptoms have not been helped by medication, or for people who cannot tolerate the side effects of antidepressants.
What is treatment like?
TMS Therapy in the Media
TMS Patient Testimonial
Learn how TMS Therapy has helped Abby cope and helped treat her battle with depression.
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Dr. Oz on TMS Therapy
Dr. Oz discusses the use of TMS for the treatment of depression.
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Dr. Phil: Treatment of OCD using TMS
Dr Jabour discusses using TMS Therapy to treat OCD.
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TMS Offers New Hope for Depression Sufferers.
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- TMS involves less than an hour-long visit every day Monday through Friday for 4-6 weeks.
- The patient sits in a reclining chair in a calming environment. The TMS magnetic coil is placed against the patient’s head.
- The patient hears a clicking sound and feels a tapping sensation on the head.
- No anesthesia is needed – patients are awake and alert.
- Patients may return to normal activity immediately after treatment.
- The procedure is completely non-drug and non-invasive.
How effective are TMS treatments?
- Many people experience significant benefits. In clinical trials, 1 in 2 patients improved significantly, and 1 in 3 patients were completely free of symptoms.
- TMS may be combined with medication and psychotherapy for maximum benefit and continued remission from depression.
What there any risks?
- TMS is very safe. The technology is similar to MRI, which has a long-term record of safety.
- Patients may feel some discomfort on the scalp, felt the most at the first treatment and less and less as treatment continues.
- There is a rare chance of seizures (about 1 in 30,000).
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