About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

What is TMS Treatment?

NeuroStar TMS Therapy is a treatment cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008 for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant treatment. TMS stands for "transcranial magnetic stimulation."

TMS Therapy is a treatment that can be performed in a psychiatrist's office, under his or her supervision, using a medical device called the NeuroStar TMS Therapy system. NeuroStar TMS Therapy is:

  • Non-invasive, meaning that it does not involve surgery. It does not require any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment
  • Non-systemic, meaning that it is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the blood stream throughout the body.

TMS As An Alternative Treatment

Those who can benefit from TMS include patients whose depression does not respond to antidepressants or who cannot tolerate the antidepressant drugs’ side effects. People who take antidepressants often experience weight gain and loss of sex drive and now may consider TMS as an alternative.

Duration of TMS Treatment

The typical initial treatment course of TMS treatment consists of at least 5 treatments per week over a 4-6 week period, for an average of 20-30 total treatments. Each treatment session lasts approximately 40 minutes, and we can discuss other treatment regimens that may be available in our Houston Texas office.


Dr. Oz and TMS Treatment

We are pleased to announce that TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy was featured on an episode of The Dr. Oz Show. The episode, which aired on Wednesday, March 14th, featured TMS Therapy as a depression treatment option for patients who have not benefited from initial antidepressant medication.

Please click on the following links to see Dr. Oz’s segment on TMS (a two part episode).

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Cure Depression Part 1

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Cure Depression Part 2



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