Transcranial magnetic stimulation
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) involves stimulation of brain’s cortex using magnetic coils placed over scalp. TMS has been developed over the last nearly 30-40 years of research and development. Today it has become a powerful medical breakthrough for non-pharmacological treatment of numerous neurological conditions including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, Parkinson’s, and stroke. TMS is an FDA-approved medical technology that achieves superior results when compared to traditional drugs. TMS bypasses all the systemic (kidney, liver, hormonal…etc) side-effects, tolerance, and addiction that is associated with many medications. Several large independent, multi-center, double blind randomized studies done in 2008 and 2010 have validated the efficacy and extreme safety of TMS in treatment of depression.
- 60-70% improvement for depression
- 30-40% complete resolution
The treatment begins with patient comfortably sitting or lying down in designated sofa/chair, followed by precise brain mapping using advanced navigational tools and algorithms to localize target areas for stimulation. Similar to MRI imaging, the magnetic coils produce very small magnetic fields (far smaller in overall volume than MRI). During treatment, most feel a mild ‘buzzing’ sensation over the scalp. Technologically advanced devices used at our center also avoids the stiffness and discomfort associated with older technology that uses stereotaxic set-ups. Patients are far more mobile and head is less restricted. Patients can expect to feel significant improvement or, in some cases, complete resolution of their symptoms by end of treatment. Research experiences has shown TMS to be far safer that medications with respect to side-effects.
- Mild transient headache
- 1/30,000 seizure risk (same risk as medications)
- Mild transient scalp discomfort