Ketamine is a SAFE FDA approved powerful anesthetic that was developed more than 50 years ago.
It has been used widely as an anesthetic in emergency medicine, in veterinary medicine, and in operating rooms and wound clinics around the world on a daily basis. It is often use for the most fragile patients, including children and the elderly, because of its safe profile.
Since 2000 ketamine has been found to be a valuable and highly effective treatment for depression, anxiety, various mood disorders, and certain pain disorders.
It works at the receptor level to stimulate and preserve neurons which is key to reduce symptoms associated with mood disorders, PTSD, and chronic pain.
Ketamine has been used extensively for anesthesia every day. It has been used safely in millions of patients for over 50 years.
It is 1 of ONLY 2 anesthetics listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an “essential drug” – drugs that satisfy the healthcare needs of the majority of the population, therefore should be available at all times in appropriate amounts and dosage forms at a price the community can afford.
WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations concerned with international public health.
A 1-hour infusion for psychiatric symptoms or pain conditions typically requires a total of about 1.5 hours in the office including check-in, the infusion, and the recovery.
A 4-hour infusion for chronic pain typically requires between 6 and 7 hours in the office before being released to go home.
You will be asked to not eat or drink in the 6 hours prior to your treatment. You can wear your comfortable everyday clothes.
Upon your arrival to our office your comfort and peace of mind is of utmost importance.
You will be discreetly place in a PRIVATE aesthetically appealing treatment room.
An initial 15-30 minutes consultation involving discussion of your medical history and treatment is performed.
A small-gauge IV will be expertly inserted by one of our highly trained medical staff.
You will be placed on a cardiac monitor to analyze your vital signs, tolerance, and response to the Ketamine infusion administered by Dr. Henderson.
You will be awake and alert during the infusion and able to interact with the people around you. It is best to relax or listen to music during the infusion.
Most patients report a relaxing and peaceful experience. Patients will also notice changes in their vision, a feeling of “lightheadedness” or “floating.” Many also report feeling somewhat disconnected and having slower thoughts.
Dr. Henderson will attentively monitor your response and titrate your dose to maximize its effects for you.
1-hour infusions require a 20 minute post-infusion active recovery period before being release home to a trusted friend or family member.
4-hour infusions require a 2-hour post-infusion active recovery period.
Please be aware that driving and decision making may be impaired for the next 24 hours.
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For psychiatric conditions, fibromyalgia, and chronic and migraine headaches we start with a series of 6 infusions over several weeks followed by maintenance treatments typically every 3 to 5 weeks to maintain response. The total length of treatment is highly dependent on each individual’s unique circumstances and results.
Depending on the length and number of infusions, patients can expect to receive anywhere from several days of reduced pain to as many as several months of reduced pain. Nearly all chronic pain patients report great reductions in pain during the infusion and for many hours after the infusion is complete. Each patient’s response after that period is highly variable and patient specific.
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Currently ketamine infusion therapy is NOT a covered benefit by any insurance plan since it’s an off-label use of this medication. We can ONLY accept cash or credit cards. We cannot accept checks. We require payment at the time of treatment.