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Outpatient Services TMS Advanced Therapy for Depression

TMS Therapy- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Advanced Treatment for Depression

While the exact cause of depression is not known, the leading scientific theory is that it is caused by an imbalance of the brain's neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells.

TMS therapy uses an FDA-cleared device to deliver a targeted pulsed magnetic field, similar to what is used in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine. This magnetic field stimulates areas of the brain that are underactive in people with depression. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is not electroconvulsive therapy.

Where Can I Get TMS Therapy Near Me?

TMS therapy at WellSpan Philhaven is provided by licensed, certified medical professionals in an office setting. TMS therapy is currently offered at our Mt. Gretna location and Concord Rd. - York location. It is a non-invasive, non-drug therapy available only by prescription. For patients who have not found satisfactory improvement from medications, TMS may be an option that your provider can discuss with you.

Is TMS Therapy Effective?

TMS makes long-term remission possible. Many people's depression symptoms significantly improve or go away after four to six weeks of treatment with TMS.

Is TMS Therapy Safe?

TMS therapy has been administered in more than 3.5 million treatment sessions to date. It is safe and easy to tolerate and has patented precision technology to ensure you receive the right dose to the right location, every time.

TMS is free from side effects often associated with antidepressant medications. There is no negative effect on memory or sleep. Some patients experience mild to moderate pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site during the first week of treatment. This is usually temporary.

Does Insurance Cover Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy?

Most health plans cover TMS. Coverage and payment may vary based on specific plans and guidelines. We will work with you to verify insurance eligibility, benefits and coverage for TMS treatment.

Patient Testimony

“Within the first week, I could tell my mood had lightened a little bit. After six weeks, I felt like a new person.” – Mike, 43-year-old TMS therapy patient

Read Mike's story

What Can I Expect During a TMS Session?

Your treatment will be administered in the comfort of a WellSpan Philhaven outpatient clinic office. Treatment takes as little as 18 to 20 minutes. Treatments are administered five days a week for six weeks, with an additional six treatments over a two- to three-week period. Your WellSpan Philhaven team will determine the number of treatments that are right for you, and the total treatment time will also vary depending on your doctor’s recommendation.

Patient receiving TMS therapy.

Here’s what you can expect:

Before treatment:

  • You’ll recline comfortably in the treatment chair.
  • A small, curved device containing the magnetic coil will be positioned lightly on your head. 

During treatment:

  • The coil delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain.
  • You’ll hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation on your head.
  • You will remain awake and alert during treatment, with no sedation or anesthesia.

After treatment:

  • You can resume normal activities immediately.
  • There are no effects on alertness or memory, so you can drive yourself to and from treatment sessions.

TMS is offered at these locations:

WellSpan Philhaven Outpatient Clinic - Mt. Gretna

283 S. Butler Road
Mt. Gretna, PA 17064

TMS: 717-812-5091
Clinic: 800-459-7497

WellSpan Philhaven Outpatient Clinic - York

3550 Concord Road
York, PA 17042

TMS: 717-812-5091
Clinic: 717-851-6340