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The Austin TMS Clinic for Depression is directed by Dr. Marilyn Vaché, Medical Director. We provide patients in Austin and the Texas Hill Country the latest in depression treatments. We are pleased to be able to offer Neurostar® TMS Therapy to our patients. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS Therapy) is one of the most technologically advanced depression treatments available.
Dr. Vaché was interviewed recently on the Austin NBC affiliate, KXAN. Here's a brief description of how TMS works for patients with depression: http://www.youtube.com/user/TMSAustinVache
A cutting edge, non-drug approach to depression, The NeuroStar device, cleared by the FDA in 2008, provides a safe outpatient treatment that doesn't cause significant side effects -- a great alternative to the medications that often leave people feeling emotionally numb and physically uncomfortable. We are seeing impressive results and encourage anyone seeking an alternative or augmentation to current therapies to call for a consultation (512 458-1000).
Over almost four years we have treated about 100 patients; We have had great results in patients that may be experiencing depression and anxiety symptoms for the first time, or for those that have been hospitalized or undergone more invasive depression treatments (ECT) . Depression itself is costly and usually affects everyone around the person who has it. If you are considering TMS you can be proud that you are willing to try something new, something that over 14,000 people have tried and benefitted from. TMS can be a valuable investment in your health and well-being.
The original research articles that have studied TMS showed that over half of patients had improvement in depression and about one-third had remission. In real-world clinical practice - and certainly in our office - results are better than that. You can see these results under Our Outcomes page of our website. There are probably many reasons for that, but one that most doctors agree on is that patients who are having some positive results with their meds do not have to stop them - whereas in the research trials patients had to be off all their meds. Even better, the results seem to last, with longer depression-free periods after TMS than is usually seen with medications.
Leading research and teaching institutions, including UT Southwestern at Dallas, Stanford (my alma mater!), Massachusetts General Hospital (associated with Harvard), the Mayo Clinic, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and many other military hospitals and VA's are studying and using TMS.