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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy

Depression is a debilitating illness, and antidepressant medication therapies are not always effective or may be intolerable for some due to side effects. Palos Health was the first healthcare provider to offer a highly effective treatment option, transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS, in our southwest suburban community. TMS received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2008 with over 40,000 patients receiving treatment following clearance and is a safe and effective, acute antidepressant therapy.

TMS therapy is a non-invasive technique that delivers highly focused magnetic field pulses to a specific portion of the brain, the left prefrontal cortex, in order to stimulate areas of the brain linked to depression. These pulses are of a similar intensity to the magnetic field produced during an MRI imaging scan. The repeated short bursts of magnetic energy introduced through the scalp excite neurons locally and in connected areas in the brain that are believed to be associated with the symptoms of depression.

Patients treated with TMS therapy do not require anesthesia or sedation and remain awake and alert. It is a 20-minute outpatient procedure that is prescribed by a psychiatrist and performed in an outpatient setting. The treatment is typically administered daily for four to six weeks. Patients can resume normal daily activities after each session.

To learn if TMS therapy may be an option for you, call 708.460.2721.