When you decide to go ahead with transcranial magnetic stimulation depression treatment contact us at Sydney TMS. Our staff are happy to take you through the process step by step. We will also send you all the relevant information about transcranial magnetic stimulation treatment. You will need to complete the necessary forms to allow us to find out more information about your specific needs. Once you have returned the forms, we will go through all the information with you step by step.
If at any time prior to commencing you would like to come into our clinic and discuss TMS with us then please contact us 1300 177 144.
The next step is to book a time for your initial consultation and planning session. This session is conducted by our psychiatrist and will take about one hour. During this session we will take some measurements of your head and prepare your customised treatment program. At the end of this first session we will work out a suitable time for you to come back and start your treatment.
The typical coarse of treatment is 20-30 one hour sessions. Sessions are typically held daily from Monday to Friday. Your first treatment session will be dedicated to getting you comfortable with the technology. We expect that by the second session you should be ready to proceed with the treatment. You may find it difficult attending five or more sessions in a week. That’s perfectly ok, as long as you attend the minimum of three sessions, the therapy can still work.
During treatment you will be asked to sit in a medical chair much like a dentist chair while our staff set up the TMS machine. A personalised soft material head cap with specific markings for you will be positioned on your scalp. A TMS coil will rest on this target area. You will also be given disposable earplugs to reduce the noise you experience from the machine during treatment. When the treatment starts, you will be asked to maintain contact with the coil but most importantly try as stay still as possible. The active treatment part of your sessions lasts about 40 minutes.
You are fully awake during the treatment so you may listen to some music, watch a video or television during the procedure. During your treatment one of our staff members will be with you at all times. You may also want to invite a family member or friend to accompany you to your sessions. It is important to us that you feel comfortable and relaxed. After the treatment has finished, you can leave and carry on with the rest of your day. For a video overview on TMS click here.
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