What is TMS therapy?
TMS is a non-invasive treatment where magnetic pulses are delivered to stimulate nerve cells in the part of the brain that controls mood. This area is often underactive in patients with depression. Repeated stimulation of this part of the brain has proven to produce an antidepressant effect on people suffering from depression. TMS is available to adult patients who have failed to receive satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medication in their current episode.
What are the side effects?
TMS treatment is without the side effects typically experienced with antidepressants such as weight gain and sexual disfunction. TMS may, for some, cause headaches or nausea, but patients are typically able to resume their daily activities right after treatment. However, please note that TMS therapy is a medical procedure and any side effects experienced during or after receiving the therapy should be reported to Dr. Ahmed.
Is TMS covered by my insurance?
TMS is reimbursed by most insurance providers. Their policies may, however vary. Pre-authorization, greater requirements, (MS, CCMA, RNP, RN, etc.), number of drug failures, to name a few, can impact claim approvals. Please ask our staff for any questions regarding insurance or refer to your insurer’s policy guidelines.