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Ketamine Treatment

There are millions of people every year suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, other mood disorders, and chronic pain without relief. Sometimes these conditions are temporarily helped with medications and other therapies, however when these solutions stop working people seek other options. IV ketamine treatments in Bradenton are a safe and effective treatment option that has been shown to help depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, acute suicidality, PTSD, chronic pain and many other difficult symptoms/conditions. Used for over 50 years as an anesthetic it has many studies and now new research has allowed us to provide a remarkable solution.

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How Can Synergy Help You with Ketamine therapy?

Ketamine’s effectiveness may come from its ability to help the body reset the central nervous system’s sensitivity to stimuli. Ketamine Treatment in Bradenton stimulate your brain’s ability to create new brain circuits, or synapses and neural connections, and thereby improving your brain’s function and helping alleviate depressive symptoms.

DEPRESSION

Ketamine has been shown to be effective in up to 90% of patients with severe depresson, ptsd, anxiety, and other mood disorders when conventional modalities haven't brought the desired effects. It is fast acting,and can rapidly reduce serious symptoms of depression, even after the first ketamine IV infusion.

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

Hormonal changes after childbirth or a miscarriage may be a trigger for postpartum depression. While many new mothers are full of joy and positive energy after having a baby, others suffer from a form of clinical depression that may require medical intervention. Ketamine therapy is an attractive alternative to conventional postpartum depression “solutions” because of its high success rate in treating mood disorders with little risk to the child. Depressive symptoms can be lifted within hours to days instead of weeks to months. In addition, the patient does not need to become dependent on a drug to maintain a stable mood.

PTSD

From military veterans to abuse survivors, patients suffering from any type of extreme trauma are at risk of developing changes in brain chemistry. When this occurs, patients commonly experience symptoms of fear, anxiety, and emotional detachment. Conventional treatment options have included a combination of psychotherapy and oral medications. Now, there’s an alternative solution available for PTSD sufferers: intravenous Ketamine. PTSD symptoms can dissipate within hours after a Ketamine infusion treatment, and lasting benefits can be attained in as little as one to two weeks.

MIGRAINES

Ketamine has been found to be effective in alleviating chronic migraine pain, especially for patients who haven’t been able to find relief with other treatment methods. These headaches are characterized by pulsing, throbbing pain sometimes accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to sound and light. Migraines that don’t respond to treatment are called intractable migraines or refractory migraines. These types of migraines can be especially debilitating. Ketamine infusions are helping patients get relief from their migraines and improve their quality of life.

NEUROPATHIC PAIN

Ketamine therapy can be a great solution for people who have been suffering from neuropathic pain for years and haven’t been able to find a treatment option that relieves their pain. Neuropathic pain is the result of increased spinal neuron sensation, and this type of pain is caused by very sensitive nerves sending pain signals to your brain. Ketamine infusions can calm these pain receptors and decrease the amount of pain you experience. Neuropathic pain can consist of sharp and stabbing pain or electrical shocks. You may also feel burning or coldness, pins and needles, numbness, and itchiness. Other symptoms include a gradual feeling of numbness, prickling or tingling in your hands or feet and extreme sensitivity to touch. Unfortunately, many of the people who experience neuropathic pain cannot find relief from common pain management medications.

ANXIETY

Those who suffer from moderate to severe anxiety often find it difficult to cope with daily life stressors and may not respond well to conventional therapies, such as antidepressant medication, sedatives, and counseling. Ketamine Infusion Therapy can have a calming effect on the nervous system, helping many anxiety sufferers get the relief they need. Patients utilizing Ketamine for anxiety may be able to reduce or eliminate dependency on prescription drugs to manage their symptoms. They may also find that they have more energy to make the lifestyle changes needed to keep anxiety at bay.

FIBROMYALGIA

It is thought that fibromyalgia pain is caused by hyperexcitability of pain receptors and Ketamine can help to calm these nerves. Ketamine infusions are a more potent pain reliever than morphine for fibromyalgia.

CHRONIC PAIN

The goal of chronic pain management is to reduce pain and improve the quality of life for patients. Chronic pain is debilitating and many of the people who come to our Ketamine clinic have been suffering for years. If you have chronic pain, you know how lasting pain interferes with your daily life and has very real effects on your mental health. The pain is always present in the background, and when you’re hurting you’re also more likely to be short-tempered and emotionally stressed.

OCD

Intrusive thoughts and obsessions that drive a person to perform mental and physical acts to relieve anxiety or stress can be classified as obsessive-compulsive behavior. While medications and therapy can help to keep symptoms of OCD under control, many patients do not want to suffer from the side effects of antidepressants or become dependent on SSRIs for long periods of time. Ketamine infusion therapy is an attractive treatment alternative for those suffering from OCD, anxiety, and other mood disorders.

SUICIDAL IDEATION TREATMENT

Suicidal thoughts can be reduced and often eliminated with Ketamine therapy. Ketamine treatment is the only intervention that can actually eliminate suicidal thinking independently of other symptoms.

MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT PLAN

Ketamine therapy is not a cure for depression. Instead, it is a highly effective part of a comprehensive treatment plan. We will work closely with your doctors and counselors to achieve your goals. If you are taking antidepressant medication or other medication, do not stop taking them while undergoing Ketamine for depression

The Benefits Of Ketamine Treatments

Ketamine therapy may save you time, money and the pain of experiencing a severe depressive episode, and put you on the road to recovery more rapidly than traditional antidepressant medications or other therapies alone.

  • EFFECTIVE

    Ketamine treatment effectively improves depressive symptoms up to 90% of patients

  • FAST-ACTING

    If a patient responds to Ketamine infusions, the treatment can rapidly reduce symptoms of depression or pain and dramatically provide relief of symptoms as soon as the very first infusion.

  • SAFE, QUALITY CARE

    Infusions are performed by a highly experienced anesthesia provider in our comfortable, state-of-the-art Ketamine clinic. It is very safe when administered by an anesthesia provider and patients are monitored CONTINUOUSLY during the entire process. When used for treating depression, Ketamine is administered in much lower doses than those used in anesthesia procedures, which means you are awake the entire time.

  • EFFECTIVE FOR SEVERAL TYPES OF DEPRESSION

    o Unipolar Depression (Major Depression)
    o Bipolar Depression
    o Postpartum Depression

    Ketamine was mostly used as an anesthetic on battlefields and in operating rooms in the past. This drug is now gaining attention as a potential cure for certain cases of major depression, the world's leading cause of disability. According to new figures, 16 million people in the United States had a major depressive disorder in the span of a year.

  • SUICIDE IDEATION

    Ketamine treatment is the only intervention that can actually eliminate suicidal thinking independently of other symptoms. Suicide rates grew dramatically between 1999 and 2016, rising by more than 30% in 25 states. Ketamine, because of its rapid action, can play a role in preventing suicide.

  • EFFECTIVE FOR ANXIETY ,PTSD,OCD

    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Suicidal Ideations

  • EFFECTIVE FOR MANY TYPES OF PAIN

    • Chronic Pain
    • Neuropathic Pain
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Migraines
    • Refractory Cancer Related Pain

  • ALTERNATIVE TO OPIODS

Ketamine therapy may save you time, money, and the pain of experiencing a severe depressive episode, and put you on the road to recovery more rapidly than traditional antidepressant medications or other therapies alone.

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What To Expect From Synergy Medical's Ketamine Therapy

  • Initial Consult
  • Treatment
  • Follow-up
  • Cost & Financing

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

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 appOur 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. 

Ketamine Infusion for Depression and Mental Health Disorders.

Depression can be a disabling and potentially deadly disorder. Even though there are many good medications to help with depression, their effects are typically slow in onset (a matter of weeks), and often require several trials of different medications before finding a medication that works well.

Ketamine has been shown to be effective in up to 90% of patients with severe depression, PTSD and other mood disorders when conventional modalities haven’t brought the desired effects. Unlike with most antidepressants many patients experience dramatic relief after their very first ketamine IV infusion.

During ketamine treatment at our clinic, a small dose of ketamine for many refractory mental health illnesses is intravenously administered into the bloodstream as the patient rests. Immediate relief can be experienced in as little as 45 minutes, although the appropriate frequency and longevity of treatment will depend on each patient’s specific condition and overall health. Ketamine treatment is not currently recommended for individuals with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.

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At Synergy Medical, we are working with Osmind to improve your care journey. We would like you to download the Osmind mobile app, which is a central hub for us to track your progress and communicate in between appointments.

The app helps us track your progress and fine-tune your treatment plan. The app also helps you submit out-of-network insurance claims — helping make reimbursements faster and saving lots of effort.

You will receive an email with instructions on how to login. To get started, download the mobile app. Please do this as soon as possible.

Please check your spam/promotion folders in your inbox if you
cannot find the email. Email support@osmind.org for assistance.

On the iPhone, search “Osmind” in the app store.
For Android users, search “Osmind” in the Google Play store.

Please visit and read through https://www.osmind.org/clinic/synergy-medical for more instructions from our clinic staff.

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This was the best and most professional medical experience I have had in a long time. Melina, Dr. Lewis and staff are exceptional. I would recommend them any time.

Mike P.

I was bone on bone in my left knee and was told that I needed a knee replacement about 5 years ago.   I didn’t want to have surgery at my age so I decided to try stem cell therapy. It’s been almost 3 months since my treatment and I feel like a new man. No more pain and I can finally play tennis again. Thank you to all at synergy for treating me like family and saving my knee. I am forever grateful. If you are thinking about trying stem cells, do it.

Jack R.

I spent 10 years with pain in my back. I tried physical therapy, shots, and thought that I just had to live with it. I went to a seminar about stem cells figured I would look into it since I tried everything else. My first visit was with the nurse practitioner who reviewed my MRI and said that I would be able to do stem cells in my low back. I had my shots a week later by the pain management doctor and it’s been 2 and a half months and I’m happy to say that I am about 80% better. I am ecstatic that I decided to give stem cells a try. I recommend synergy to everyone I know.

Susan L.

My experience with Synergy Medical was outstanding. In less then two months I went from barely being able to walk to a no pain environment.
The staff was very professional, courteous and knowledgeable.
All sessions were conducted on time, in a comfortable atmosphere, catered to my individual needs for a full recovery.

Joseph D.

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Common Questions About Ketamine Treatments

Ketamine is an anesthetic drug with sedative (sleep-producing), analgesic (pain-relieving), and amnesic (short-term memory loss) effects.  It has been used in medicine for more than 50 years, most commonly for its role as an anesthetic during surgery.  More recently Ketamine in low dosages is being used to help patients with depression, bipolar, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain (such as fibromyalgia and CRPS).

Ketamine is a FDA-approved anesthetic for surgery and diagnostic procedures. Its use outside of that is considered “off label.” It is estimated that almost 25% of all prescription medications sold in the United States, are prescribed “off label.” Ketamine Infusion Therapy is used to treat depression, bipolar, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain (such as fibromyalgia and CRPS).

At Synergy Medical, Ketamine is given as an IV infusion. Research has shown that a series of six infusions over a period of 1 to 2 weeks can produce optimal outcomes.

 During infusion, you will be awake and able to interact with those around you, listen to music or just close your eyes and relax.  However, you need to be accompanied by someone who can drive you home and you are instructed to not operate heavy equipment for at least 12 hours after the infusion.

The majority of patients who respond to Ketamine therapy require “maintenance” infusions on an ongoing basis following the initial series of treatments. The frequency of these maintenance infusions varies from person-to-person and may be as often as one (1) to two (2) times per-month; while other patients may find their symptoms are manageable with little need for additional Ketamine.

Ketamine is thought to change the way brain cells communicate with each other. Its exact mechanism of action is unknown, but Ketamine blocks a type of receptor in the brain, known as NMDA, thought to play a role in pain modulation and depression. Recent studies find that Ketamine can have long-lasting effects on depression, even though the drug only stays in the body a short time.

Ketamine also acts on other brain receptors, like opioid receptors, which affect pain and depression.

Ketamine infusion decreases the symptoms of depression in approximately 60-70 percent of all patients who receive it. 

Ketamine has the ability to go to work right away, unlike most antidepressants which can take weeks, sometimes months, to provide relief. Feeling better faster can be lifesaving in someone with depression. Ketamine can also help people who haven't found relief from other depression treatments.

The infusion itself takes about 45 minutes, but there are activities that occur before and after the infusion. The infusion is administered by a nurse anesthesiologist. Patients receiving a Ketamine infusion should plan on being at the clinic for 90-120 minutes per infusion.

Knowing your health history will help ensure that the benefits of this treatment outweigh the risks.

Some people experience mild nausea, dizziness, fuzzy vision or a sense of floating, but these symptoms clear up quickly after infusion stops. Some people report fatigue or grogginess after infusion, so you need to be accompanied by someone who can drive you home. Do not operate heavy equipment for at least 12 hours after the infusion. Less common side effects include vivid dreams, mood swings, or agitation.

A series of six infusions is $2700.00. Ketamine infusion therapy is not typically reimbursed by insurance companies. However, depending upon your individual medical insurance plan, some portion of the treatment may be eligible for partial reimbursement.

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