The Deep Transcrainial Stimulation (dTMS) via Brainsway rings in a new era for the treatment of depression. It offers many unique advantages over other treatment methods. For many patients antidepressants are not a suitable solution and often have serious side effects ranging from nausea, insomnia and anxiety to weight gain and sexual dysfunction which in many patients lead to a lack of compliance with their treatment plans. Other patients failed to have a response to multiple antidepressants.
A much more invasive alternative is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) which requires anesthesia and can lead to memory loss.
As a result, many depressed patients feel trapped in their condition and see no way out.
The DEEP TMS via Brainsway is a non-invasive treatment that will bring a significant improvement in patients by stimulating the brain regions responsible for depression. As this can be done as an outpatient procedure, a hospital stay or anesthesia is not required and it does not involve memory loss or systemic side effects.
The Brainsway TMS sessions can be easily integrated into the patient's daily routine. In each session, the patient sits comfortably in a chair with a padded helmet placed on his head. The helmet produces short magnetic fields with a similar amplitude as used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These magnetic fields briefly stimulate the target area in the brain and over time reduce the symptoms of depression.
The procedure requires daily sessions of 20 minutes in a period of 4-6 weeks. After each session the patients can go home and resume their normal daily routine.
It has also been found that the treatment with Brainsway can lead to the improvement of Chronic Pain Syndromes.
There are currently several studies worldwide that demonstrate the success of this application.
In our Pain Center this modality is used especially in the treatment of severe Neuropathic Pain.
In addition, the following areas of application can also be successfully treated with TMS: Tourette, migraine, chronic pain, ADHD, mania, PTSD, stroke, bipolar disease.
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Dr. med. Livia Granata
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