TMS NeuroHealth Centers offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS Therapy), a breakthrough non-drug medical treatment option for individuals suffering with depression who’ve failed to respond to antidepressants. TMS is a non-invasive, non-sedative, non-drug therapy that uses pulsating magnetic fields to induce electrical currents in the brain which depolarizes local neurons, releasing neurotransmitters and can reach deeper areas of the brain via neuropathways. This improves blood flow and glucose metabolism in the stimulated regions, resulting in improved mood.
TMS was first cleared by the FDA in 2008 for patients with a major depressive disorder diagnosis and have failed to benefit from one antidepressant. TMS is now covered by Anthem, Optima, United, Medicare and most recently, Humana. Each has its own criteria for coverage and our patient consultants go over this with you prior to making any treatment decisions with our physicians. It requires about an hour long appointment, Monday through Friday, for six to nine weeks. Patients remain awake during TMS, and can resume normal activities, including driving, immediately after the treatment completes. Patients feel a light tapping at the site of treatment while treatment is ongoing, and they hear something similar to a MRI, but most refer to it as a “woodpecker” sound.
Our Richmond office is located in Glen Allen, convenient to Innsbrook and I-295. It’s headed by our Medical Director, Dr. William Sauve, who prefers to be called Will by his patients. Will began his career as a psychiatrist in the Navy, and was deployed to Iraq, headed the Navy’s third largest inpatient unit in the world, and helped build the country’s second largest civilian program treating war veterans here in Virginia. In 2014, he joined TMS NeuroHealth Centers and now heads both our Richmond and Charlottesville locations.
We offer no-cost consults for potential patients to come in and learn more prior to meeting with our physicians. During this we can go over TMS, what it is, what it’s not, how it works, and discuss any insurance questions patients may have. To learn more about TMS and TMS NeuroHealth Centers please visit TMSNeuro.com.