Your initial consultation will begin with mental and physical health histories to determine whether Ketamine is the right choice for you.
You will fill out paperwork and various questionnaires to make sure there are no contraindications to receiving Ketamine treatment. We utilize a remote patient monitoring app, Osmind, to monitor and trend your progress from baseline to completion of the protocol and a need for a booster. We will get you set up during the initial consult. If you need any medical clearances, such as those from a cardiologist, pulmonologist, or GI specialist, they will be obtained before treatment begins.
A psychiatric clearance may also be needed to treat some mood disorders. Once obtained and all your questions and health concerns are answered, we will move on to the treatment.
Ketamine treatment protocols at Synergy Medical can have an 85% success rate with 6 infusions over 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the nature of the condition being treated. Once the protocol is complete, there are periodic maintenance boosters that keep the results from waning.
Your Ketamine infusion will take place in a comfortable private treatment room. You will remain in your street clothes, so wear something loose fitting. Our CRNA will conduct an anesthesia patient assessment and evaluation before each infusion. We will start a small IV and connect you to our monitors. You will relax in a comfortable recliner for the duration of the infusion. As safety is our priority, our CRNA will remain in attendance throughout your course of treatment. The process takes between 45 and 55 minutes. Ketamine infusion therapy has noted side effects including mild hallucinations, visual or auditory sensitivity, headaches, nausea and sedation. Rest assured we are equipped to control or treat any of these readily, should they arise.
When the infusion ends you will begin to regain your full faculties and senses within minutes. The half-life of Ketamine is exceedingly short at approximately two hours. Some patients feel fatigued afterwards but others feel well enough to resume their day. After the procedure, you will stay in the recovery area approximately 30 minutes for observation until our medical providers feel that you are ready to be discharged home. You will not be able to drive after your treatment, so ensure you have a safe way to get home by asking a close friend or family member to drive you and care for you once you reach your destination.
Your treatment and progress is monitored daily through the Osmind Mood Tracker app. Our clinic will send you a daily text question and periodic clinical surveys which guide and improve your clinical course. We make informed, data-driven decisions about adjusting your treatment plan, preventing relapse, and detecting symptoms / deterioration / improvement with Measurement-based care, remote patient monitoring, and automation. We find this technology helps prevent our patients from waiting too long to seek follow-up treatments.
After completing Ketamine infusion treatments, patients will be scheduled to come back into the office for another follow-up visit within two to four weeks from the very first treatment. This follow-up appointment is a time to reflect on how the treatment worked, and learn the results from the medical provider. Depending on the results, a personalized booster treatment plan may be initiated, in which another treatment may give further relief.
It is important to note that Ketamine treatment is only one part of a larger treatment plan. For chronic pain patients, this means seeing a physician and getting the proper medical care, such as imaging and other tests to help pinpoint cause. For mood disorder patients, you will need to further treatment by seeing a psychiatrist.
The price for Ketamine infusion is dependent on the type of condition being treated. To best determine the costs associated with your Ketamine infusion therapy, call us today for a free phone consultation.
- Mental Health Protocol: $2200.00 6 infusions over 2 to 3 weeks
- Chronic Pain Protocol: $2700.00 6 infusions in 2 to 3 weeks, higher doses, additional meds
- Maintenance Infusion: $350.00 (Applicable for patients who have completed 6 infusions at the Synergy Medical, or can show proof of 6 infusions at another clinic.)
Most Insurance companies currently do not cover Ketamine infusion treatments, even with preauthorization. Ketamine is not yet approved by the FDA for any use beyond general anesthesia, and as a result, insurance companies are less likely to cover any form of Ketamine therapy for pain or depression. We accept a wide range of payment methods to help ensure our patients can afford treatment, such as cash, credit card, or certified check, and financing may also be available for those who qualify. One option many of our patients use is a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Healthcare Spending Account (HSA) with their Insurance plan. You can take pre-tax dollars and use that budget to pay for the treatments. An FSA or HSA is a great way to utilize money from your paycheck that is put into a specific account for healthcare use before taxes are taken out. In other words, instead of paying for Ketamine treatments with “after tax” dollars, you’re using “pre-tax” dollars to pay for Ketamine treatments, which will give most people about a 40% discount.
We will also upon request, give our patients a superbill after payment is received that you may submit to your insurance carrier for consideration of reimbursement.