TMS Therapy was cleared by the FDA in 2008 after a decade of clinical trials. As such, the actual administering of TMS is very precise and well regulated. Here are some things to keep in mind about TMS safety:
- Mild scalp irritation and mild headache affects nearly one half of all patients.
- Concentration and memory problems occur in less than 5 percent of patients.
- No difficulties in perceiving speech have arisen from TMS in any study to date.
- There is no evidence to suggest long-term hearing damage.
- There is no risk of brain tumors from the magnetic pulses of TMS.
- Risk of seizure from TMS Therapy is very low.
TMS Therapy is always performed by a trained TMS technician under the supervision of a TMS prescribing psychiatrist or doctor. If you experience a side effect, you can ask the monitoring technician to stop a treatment at any time. Furthermore, your TMS doctor may elect to give you a daily assessment. Some clinics and offices utilize specialized depression rating scales as a way to monitor progress.
TMS Therapy does not require surgery, anesthesia, or sedation. Patients are fully conscious and awake throughout the TMS sessions, and are typically delivered in the supervising doctor or psychiatrist’s office on an outpatient basis. After TMS sessions, patients are able to resume normal activities, like work or driving, without interruption.