At Madison Avenue TMS & Psychiatry, your care is our highest priority. We are dedicated to providing you with all the necessary tools and information that will make your TMS therapy in New York City as comfortable and effective as possible. Our friendly staff is available to address any of your questions or concerns every step of the way.
What to Expect from TMS Therapy in NYC, From Start to Finish
Preliminary Phone Screening
During this initial conversation, we will gather some basic information and ask about your insurance coverage, as well as answer any questions you may have about undergoing TMS therapy in NYC. Once we’ve contacted your insurance company, we will reach out to you again to discuss insurance coverage/payment options.
This consultation is a chance for Dr. David Woo to get to know you, your symptoms, and your medical history to determine if TMS therapy in New York City is the best option for you, and to tell you more about the TMS treatment process. After this appointment, we will submit a pre-authorization to your insurance company and coordinate your insurance coverage. We are also able to work with you to arrange an out-of-pocket payment plan, if necessary.
Brain Mapping + First Treatment
The first step for successful TMS treatment is effective mapping of the patient’s brain to determine which point on the head should receive stimulation. During the mapping session, the technician will use the TMS device to send magnetic pulses and register the brain’s response until the optimal point is identified. This visit will take approximately 1.5 hours, and includes both the mapping process and the first TMS treatment.
6-Week Treatment Course
Patients come in for treatment five days per week (Monday-Friday) for six weeks. After mapping, subsequent sessions last approximately 20 minutes. Our treatment rooms are designed for your comfort, and we invite you to relax, watch television, or listen to your favorite music during sessions. Patients are asked to complete a weekly evaluation to measure progress. If determined necessary at any point during treatment, the technician may perform a re-mapping to improve treatment effectiveness. Learn more about TMS therapy success rates here.
3-Week Taper Period
After the six-week treatment course, there is a three-week taper period. Patients will need to come into the office for three TMS sessions in the seventh week, two sessions in the eighth week, and one final session in the ninth week.
Frequently Asked Questions on TMS Treatment
What are the side effects of TMS?
There are only a few (usually minor) side effects reported by patients, and the majority of patients do not stop treatment due to them. The most commonly reported side effect is slight pain or discomfort in the treatment area, usually only reported in the first week. Learn more about the potential side effects of TMS.
Will the treatments fit into my schedule?
The Madison Avenue TMS & Psychiatry team will work with you to coordinate your schedule for TMS therapy in NYC. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, and flexible treatment schedules can be arranged. If you need to miss a session, please let us know, and we will reschedule for the next available date and time that works for you.
What can I do and not do after a TMS session?
You can return to your normal daily activities immediately after each TMS session.
Can TMS be combined with other depression treatments, like my current medication?
TMS can be combined with most antidepressant medications, but Dr. Woo will evaluate all of your current medications and their compatibility during your pre-treatment evaluation appointment. You’re welcome to continue any psychotherapy you’re currently undergoing, or if you’re interested, we can offer you psychotherapy and medication management.
Who will I interact with during treatment?
Throughout therapy at Madison Avenue TMS & Psychiatry, you will see a technician at each of your appointments, who will guide you through each treatment. Dr. Woo will check in on your progress at least weekly, and he’s available for additional check-ins anytime you’d like.
Is your TMS therapy NYC location easy to get to?
Though appointments are required several times per week during the first 6 weeks of TMS therapy in New York City, public transportation makes it easy to get here. We’re located at 515 Madison Avenue, just one block from the E and M trains and a 10-minute walk to the N, R, W, and 6 trains. The north-south bus stops right on the corner, and the cross-town bus stops only four streets up. Parking is also available around the corner. Learn more about how to get here.