University of Minnesota psychiatrists are skilled in targeting precise areas of your brain responsible for depression using transcranial magnetic stimulation. TMS is an outpatient procedure and typical treatments take about 20-40 minutes, which are administered five days a week. A full course of treatment requires at least five treatments per week, over a period of four to six weeks. Patients are fully awake for this procedure, and will feel a light tapping sensation on their scalp. Side effects typically are rare and mild and may include a headache, lightheadedness and scalp discomfort. You should be able to resume your normal activities after treatments. Some patients see immediate improvement using TMS. For others, improvement evolves over the course of treatment.
Our Neuromodulation Treatment Team will work to create a comprehensive treatment plan for you. This may include psychotherapy or medication adjustments to achieve the best treatment outcomes.
While depression currently is the only condition covered by insurance for TMS, the University of Minnesota is finding success treating patients with stroke, oro-facial pain after neurosurgery, and adolescent depression.