Ketamine Infusion Therapy

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Mental Health Infusions – $400

  • Ketamine infusions for the treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, post-partum depression.
  • Recommended protocol is 6 infusions over 2 weeks.

Pain Infusions – $700

  • Infusions for difficult to treat chronic pain conditions including peripheral neuropathy, migraines,  fibromyalgia, and more.
  • Recommended protocol is 6 infusions over the first 2 weeks and then maintenance infusions as needed.
  • Higher dosages are utilized, and infusions can take up to 4 hours.

If you need to see our nurse practitioner for a referral, that is an additional $75.

Ketamine infusions utilize the powerful effects of ketamine to treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, migraines, and fibromyalgia.  Ketamine is an extremely safe medication when administered in low doses by a licensed provider.   Many patients can experience an improvement in symptoms within 24-48 hours.

 What is Ketamine?

Ketamine has been used for over 40 years in emergency departments and operating rooms for its anesthetic/analgesic effects.  Ketamine affects NMDA receptors in the brain and various other receptors that can reverse neuronal atrophy.

What to Expect?

Patients can expect to be sitting in a reclining chair during the infusion treatment between 45 minutes and a full hour. You will be monitored continuously by a registered nurse anesthetist or licensed nurse practitioner.   You will not lose consciousness during your experience, but you may feel mild to moderate sedation and pain-alleviating effects. Some patients report a distorted perception of light and color or a floating sensation among other unusual sensory experiences.  There is minimal to no side effects after the infusion ends.  You will be monitored for 30-45 minutes after the infusion ends.

 How Many Infusions Are Necessary?

Typically, at least 2-3 infusions are needed to see if ketamine will be of benefit to a patient.  If so, then it is recommended to have up to 6 total infusions over a 2-week period.  After that, a longer-term maintenance schedule can be arranged.

 Does Insurance Pay for Ketamine Infusions? 

Insurance does not currently pay for low dose Ketamine infusions, but this may change in the near future.  However, you may use a health savings account (HSA) or a flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for the cost of your treatment plan.  There are also financing options available through Care Card. You do need a referral from a primary care or mental health provider.

  The Benefits of Ketamine Infusion Therapy

 Rapid Onset

Ketamine infusion therapies can have antidepressant benefits within 24 hours of administration. This is in stark contrast to other treatment methods such as SSRI’s, which take 3-4 weeks to take effect and months to reach full effect.

Anti-Inflammation

Studies indicate that ketamine use has anti-inflammatory effects at critical sites in the body. This conclusion is derived from a 3-month follow-up diagnostic survey.

High Efficacy

Studies have shown that ketamine infusions work. Up to 70% of patients with major depressive disorder report improved symptoms, including those with severe treatment resistant depression.  For chronic pain, symptoms can significantly improve for up to 6 months.

 

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