rTMS Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)
What is rTMS?
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a non-surgical, non invasive, non-pharmacological technique which is approved by US FDA for treatment of certain disorders.
What are the various indications of rTMS?
Worldwide clinical and research data shows that rTMS is a safe and effective treatment for:
. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
. Chronic Pain
. Anxiety Disorders
. Auditory Hallucinations
. Parkinson's Disease
. Bipolar Disorders
. Eating Disorders
. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
What are the side-effects of rTMS?
. The treatment targets areas of the brain within a few millimeters and eliminates various side effects associated with other treatments.
. rTMS does not have side effects that are seen with Electric Shock Treatment (ECT) nor does it have the systemic (bodily) side effects that may occur with medicines.
. The most frequent complaint from a minority of patients is the tingling sensation in the scalp which is rarely uncomfortable and usually stops after the first 3-4 sessions. A minor headache may also be experienced during or subsequent to the session, which can be easily treated with pain medication.
How many sessions of rTMS are required?
. rTMS treatment is administered over several sessions depending upon the course of treatment and the nature of the disorder.
. On an average 20 sessions spanning 20-30 minutes may be sufficient.
. We strictly follow the international treatment protocols.
When can one expect improvement?
. Results become noticeable within a week or two from the commencement of the rTMS treatment. However, patients tend to become aware of the therapeutic benefit only towards the second week. Some patients respond to the treatment later than others.
How is it different from ECT?
. ECT is an invasive treatment which stimulates the entire brain with electricity, which is not specifically targeted at any particular area of the brain. This may cause several side-effects like brief unconsciousness, several cognitive side-effects and memory disturbances.
. On the other hand, rTMS is a non-invasive treatment which stimulates only the specific targeted areas (within millimeters) of the brain through magnetic pulses. rTMS, unlike ECT, has not been shown to cause memory loss or loss of consciousness.
. Therefore, while ECT is a highly effective treatment, rTMS causes far lesser side effects, is effective in a multitude of disorders, and may even be effective in cases where adequate results have not achieved.
What about after the rTMS sessions?
. Chronic illnesses may require certain maintenance therapy, whether in the form of medication or follow-up rTMS sessions several months after the initial phase of treatment. Our team shall be happy to assist you with any queries regarding the same.
Is this treatment expensive?
. As mentioned above, rTMS treatment is divided into various sessions. Depending upon the disorder for which the treatment is sought, certain protocols are followed. Please seek an appointment for consultation with our team for advice on the most suitable course of treatment.
. It can be safely said that this treatment is less costly in India than other parts of the world
Any other queries?
. For more details on rTMS and to find out if this treatment would suit you, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org