Pioneer Health TMS
(08) 9842 2822
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is safe and has few side effects.
Common adverse effects of TMS treatment are as follows:
• Scalp discomfort
• Tingling, facial muscle twitching
• Noise related discomfort (patients are offered ear plugs during neuromodulation therapy)
Rare adverse effects of TMS are as follows:
• Seizure (the chance of seizure is one in 30 thousand, which is lower than the seizure rate for patients
treated with antidepressants.)
Please note that in the unlikely event that you do experience a seizure during treatment, this will affect
your fitness to drive.
• Syncope (fainting)
• Mood elevation (elevated mood tends to settle on cessation of treatment)
Unlike electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) TMS causes NO adverse cognitive effects such as memory loss.
In Australia, TMS is only covered by Medicare for treatment resistant depression. Unfortunately, there is currently no Medicare support for the use of magnetic stimulation for the treatment of conditions other than depression. This means that patients wishing to access this treatment will need to pay privately for magnetic stimulation treatment with no Medicare rebate being available. At the time of writing there are no private health insurers that will cover the cost of magnetic stimulation for chronic pain, though we encourage you to petition your private health insurers to change this.
Please be aware that the magnetic stimulation fee is not refundable. If you require future maintenance magnetic stimulation therapy or a further treatment cycle, a separate fee will apply.
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