New Rochelle

Neurostar TMS - What to expect

We know Neurostar TMS is not your ordinary treatment, so it’s important to know exactly what to expect when you come in for treatment. Learn more about exactly what happens during a TMS treatment below. For more information, call or text us at (212) 707-8662

New Rochelle TMS Center

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to target key areas of the brain that are under-active in people with depression. It is not ECT (electroconvulsive therapy). While the exact cause of depression is not known, the leading scientific theory is that it is caused by an imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells.

Before Treatment

Simply recline in the comfortable treatment chair and your technician will position a small magnetic coil gently on your head.

During Treatment

NeuroStar sends magnetic pulses to stimulate the brain’s target areas. It’s normal to hear clicking sounds and feel tapping sensations on your head.

After Treatment

Each NeuroStar Advanced Therapy treatment takes less than 19 minutes depending on your doctor’s recommendation. You can resume your regular activities immediately!

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How Safe is TMS?

TMS Therapy has been proven highly safe and effective in the treatment of depression. TMS Therapy is free of side effects typically experienced with antidepressant medications. The most common side effect associated with treatment is pain or discomfort at or near the treatment area – generally mild to moderate.

Does Neurostar TMS hurt?

For most patients, Neurostar TMS is a very tolerable outpatient treatment. During TMS sessions, the patient is constantly awake and alert without anesthesia or sedation. When the device contacts your head during treatment, you can experience some slight discomfort but this usually goes away over the first week. During your session, watch TV, listen to music, or interact with your TMS treater. Directly after treatment, you can go back to your regular daily activities including driving.

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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).

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.