Traditional TMS entails going to your doctor’s office every day, 5 days a week for 6-8 weeks. A typical TMS session lasts 37.5 minutes plus setup time. The cost of this course of treatment is usually $9,000 to $12,000, although some insurance companies are starting to cover a portion of it.
At Initia Nova, we use the Express TMS system from MagVenture with advanced theta burst technology. This treatment lasts just over 9 minutes, and thus you can receive more than 1 treatment in a day, although they must be separated by an hour. This is ideal for those whose demands of work, childcare or life in general, make it very difficult to go to treatment everyday.
Our TMS program starts with treatment 2 to 3 days a week, with each treatment day lasting between 2 and 6 hours depending on availability and the agreed upon schedule between you and our physician, for a total of 6 to 18 treatment days over 3-6 weeks (compared to 30 to 40 treatment days of traditional TMS). As we create individual treatment plans for each client, there can be some variations of this. Additionally, you are able to drive yourself home after your treatment and have no restrictions on the rest of your day. You will have about 45 minutes between each treatment that you can do work on your laptop, run errands, or just take a walk in our relaxing wooded development.
While doing our TMS Program, we encourage you to participate in psychotherapy to achieve maximum benefit. In addition, TMS can be combined with ketamine infusion therapy when appropriate.
*Note: although the 3 minute theta burst treatment is FDA approved, the accelerated protocol of multiple treatments in a day is not yet FDA approved and is considered an off label application. Therefore, it is not covered by insurance and is an out of pocket expense.