NeuroStar Advanced TMS Therapy in Weston

NeuroStar Advanced TMS therapy in Weston is a proven, safe, and effective treatment for depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and anxiety-related depression. First-line treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD) is typically antidepressant medications. Unfortunately, data shows that more than 50% of people treated with antidepressant medications do not respond. This is called treatment-resistant depression.

NeuroStar Advanced TMS therapy has proven to be an effective treatment method and is FDA-cleared for treatment-resistant depression, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety-related depression. Contact our office today to learn whether TMS treatments may be right for you.

What Is TMS Therapy and What Is NeuroStar Advanced Therapy?

TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. NeuroStar Advanced TMS therapy is the No. 1 physician-recommended TMS treatment that addresses OCD and depression at the source of the condition, which is your brain. 

There are specific areas in the brain that control mood. When these nerve synapses are less active than they should be, mood disorders can develop. Treatment with NeuroStar Advanced TMS therapy can help stimulate those nerves, and create stronger and more active neurological connections. 

Many patients report seeing improvement within the first one to three weeks of treatment. These improvements can include a change in mood or an increased desire to engage with other people.

NeuroStar is not a drug, surgery, or shock therapy. You do not experience any of the side effects that are commonly associated with prescription medications and traditional antidepressants. During the treatment, you are not under sedation or anesthesia. These are all the things that transcranial magnetic stimulation is not. Now, let’s look at how TMS actually works and what happens during a treatment session in Weston.

How Does TMS Therapy Work?

TMS is a non-invasive treatment that delivers magnetic pulses to influence the electrical activity in the brain. However, it is not traditional shock therapy. Instead, it uses magnetic pulses similar to those used during an MRI. 

Magnetic pulses are precisely directed to the area of the brain that affects depression and OCD using pulses of a specific magnitude, direction, and depth. These magnetic pulses stimulate the nerves, causing more activity and developing stronger neurological connections.

TMS works on the principles of electricity and magnetism that work cooperatively in this therapeutic treatment. The magnet helps conduct electricity, which is important because your brain is an electrically active organ that uses small amounts of it to send information. TMS influences specific areas of the brain using magnetic pulses of electricity.

What Happens During My Appointment?

During your appointment, you are seated in a padded, comfortable chair while the NeuroStar Advanced TMS therapy coil is placed alongside your head to deliver the magnetic pulses. Some people experience a slight tapping where the coil is placed or discomfort on the skin. These symptoms typically resolve after the first week of treatment. 

Some people may have a headache after the treatment, but it generally resolves spontaneously. A full course of NeuroStar Advanced TMS therapy includes daily treatments at our office in Weston, Monday through Friday over seven weeks. Each treatment takes less than 20 minutes.

Is There Recovery Time After Treatment?

There is no anesthesia or sedation during treatment, and once you leave our office, you can resume your normal daily activities. Most side effects, such as a headache or tapping experience, do not usually happen after the first several treatments.

If you have any unusual side effects from your NeuroStar AdvancedTMS treatment in Weston, such as muscle twitching or an unusual sensation, you will be asked to remain here for a few minutes until it stops.

In addition to FDA-approved treatment, research is ongoing to determine how TMS Therapy may help with other neurological conditions, such as addictions, Alzheimer’s dementia, eating disorders, traumatic brain injury, and Parkinson’s disease.

Does Insurance Cover NeuroStar Advanced TMS Therapy?

Yes, most major health insurance policies cover NeuroStar Advanced TMS therapy for the treatment of depression among patients in Weston. Many other companies are including the treatment of OCD as well. Some of the health insurance providers that offer coverage include Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Aetna.

To get the most benefits from your insurance policy, contact your insurance provider to determine your benefits and limitations, as well as the documentation required to submit a successful claim.

When prior authorization is needed, be sure to submit the necessary documentation, which may include a letter of medical necessity from your doctor describing your past treatments and the results. This helps identify and justify how NeuroStar Advanced TMS Therapy may be effective for you. 

Call Our Weston Office to Learn If NeuroStar Advanced TMS Therapy Is Right for You

Depression and OCD are challenging mental health conditions that can significantly impact your daily life. But the right treatment can make a real difference in your outlook, productivity, creativity, and mood.

If you have treatment-resistant depression, anxiety-related depression, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, call our office today to schedule an appointment and find out how NeuroStar Advanced TMS Therapy in Weston could improve your symptoms. 

Frequently Asked Questions

TMS is a safe, effective, non-drug depression treatment that uses focused magnetic pulses, similar in strength to an MRI, to revitalize connections in an area of the brain involved in regulating your mood. When these connections are reawakened, many people experience measurable relief from their depression.

‍In a study of “real-world” outcomes (meaning actual TMS patients), 83% of people who completed the full TMS treatment cycle experienced a measurable decrease in the severity of their depression, and 62% of those completing treatment saw full remission – meaning their depression effectively “went away.”

‍While there may be some minor discomfort at the treatment site (where the device touches your head), it generally subsides within the first week or treatment. There is no sedation, or impact on your alertness. You can read, watch TV, or talk with your treatment coordinator during your session, and you can drive home immediately after treatment.

‍Over 300 million people have insurance plans that cover TMS, including Medicare and Tricare. Conditions and coverage can vary by insurance company, and your TMS Team Lead will help you determine your benefits and coverage. We also offer cash-pay and patient financing options if desired, talk with your TMS representative for more details.

Adult Indications for Use

The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy System is indicated for the treatment of depressive episodes and for decreasing anxiety symptoms for those who may exhibit comorbid anxiety symptoms in adult patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and who failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from previous antidepressant medication treatment in the current episode.

The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy System is intended to be used as an adjunct for the treatment of adult patients suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Adolescent Indications for Use

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is indicated as an adjunct for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in adolescent patients (15-21).

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is only available by prescription. A doctor can help decide if NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is right for you. Patients’ results may vary.

Important Safety Information

The most common side effect is pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site. These events are transient; they occur during the TMS treatment course and do not occur for most patients after the first week of treatment. There is a rare risk of seizure associated with the use of TMS therapy (<0.1% per patient).

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy should not be used with patients who have non-removable conductive metal in or near the head. NeuroStar Advanced Therapy has not been studied in patients who have not received prior antidepressant treatment.