What to Expect
An initial consultation will be scheduled to discuss what is troubling you
and whether TMS is an appropriate treatment. At that time, you and Dr. Arene
will review your symptoms, treatment history, and possible treatment
If TMS is the right treatment for you, treatment sessions can be scheduled to
begin immediately. At the first treatment appointment we will determine the
optimal placement and strength of the magnetic field. Each subsequent treatment
will last 37 minutes during which you will be awake and alert. The magnetic
pulses make a loud clicking sound and feel like a tapping on the scalp but do
not result in more than mild discomfort. If you wish, you can watch television
or listen to music during the TMS session.
After the treatment you can drive and resume your normal activity. TMS is
non-invasive, meaning it does not involve surgery, and has no systemic effects.
Typical TMS side effects are transient and mild irritation or discomfort at the
treatment site and headache.
A usual course of treatment for depression involves sessions 5 days a week
for 4 to 6 weeks, although this can vary depending on your response. As you
progress through your treatment, we will regularly assess with you your status
and determine with you the eventual number of treatments.