Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
The Neuromodulation Clinical Psychiatric Program at the University of Minnesota offers the latest TMS treatments and is part of the MnDrive Brain Condition initiative where innovative therapies are being researched and applied daily. Dr. Ziad Nahas played a key role in the early development of TMS and its FDA approval as a treatment for depression.
With TMS, where to stimulate, how to stimulate, and what your brain is doing at the time of stimulation matter greatly. Our psychiatrists are skilled in targeting precise areas of your brain responsible for regulating your mood 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.
Conditions We Treat
- Bipolar Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Treatment Resistant Depression