TMS of Westchester
Imagine Life Without Depression
See if TMS Is Right For You!
As the leader in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, TMS of Westchester has worked with patients to achieve a non-invasive treatment for depression. TMS of Westchester employs NeuroStar TMS for the treatment of clinical depression. NeuroStar TMS is a safe, FDA cleared office based treatment.
The NeuroStar TMS Therapy System developed by Neuronetics, offered at TMS of Westchester, is the first and only non-systemic and non-invasive TMS system cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of patients with major depressions who have not benefited from prior antidepressant treatment. This non-invasive treatment for depression uses a highly focused, pulsed magnetic field to stimulate function in targeted brain regions. It is made available to patients by prescription only and delivered under the supervision of a psychiatrist.
Neurostar TMS Therapy is non-invasive, meaning that it does not involve surgery. It does not require any anesthesia or sedation, and the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment. TMS Therapy is also non-systemic, meaning that unlike medication, it is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the blood stream throughout the body. Therefore the commonly reported side effects associated with anti-depressant medications are not experienced by TMS patients.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy uses a pulsed magnetic field to non-invasively stimulate the area of the brain thought to control mood. TMS is administered without medication in a physician’s office while the patient remains awake and alert. TMS is delivered in 37 minute treatment sessions given daily over 4 to 6 weeks. The most common side effects associated with TMS treatment are scalp pain or discomfort at the treatment site —generally mild to moderate and occurring less frequently after the first week of treatment. There is a remote risk of seizure with TMS, occurring in approximately 0.1% of patients.
TMS is a non-invasive medical treatment that we provide in our Bedford Hills office. It is provided by prescription only and is supervised by Dr. Lorraine Innes MD.
During the therapy session, you are wide awake sitting in a comfortable chair. You can listen to music, watch TV or talk to the technician. A small, curved device about the size of a cupped hand rests lightly on your head, delivering focused magnetic stimulation directly to the area of your brain thought to be involved with regulating mood. The magnetic field pulses are the same strength as those used in MRI machines.
Easy on the body:
Targeted treatment stimulates the part of the brain thought to be involved in regulating mood. There is no medication required. This non-invasive, non-drug therapy has none of the systemic side effects commonly associated with antidepressant medications. The most common side effect associated with TMS treatment is scalp pain or discomfort, generally mild to moderate. There are no negative effects on memory or concentration.