Frequently Asked Questions about TMS

Are there age restrictions for TMS?

TMS is currently approved for adults, aged 18 and older.

What insurances accept TMS treatment?

  • Medicare
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Aetna
  • Highmark
  • Populytics
  • Most commercial insurances
  • Medicare Advantage Plan

Currently Medical Assistance is not covering this treatment. 

Please call the office for any insurance questions: 610-297-7500 Option 4

Do I need a referral from my doctor?

  • No referral required
  • Family doctors can assist with referring directly.
  • You are welcome to call the office and self-refer.

Is TMS painful?

Some people experience some discomfort under the treatment coil, but very few people discontinue TMS because the discomfort is not tolerable. Generally, the discomfort associated with TMS gets better as time goes by with treatments.  

What is the difference between TMS and ECT?

TMS and ECT are both used to treat severe depression by stimulating the brain to produce an antidepressant effect. The main differences are:

  • TMS does not require anesthesia and is done within the office.
  • TMS does not cause memory loss or any cognitive changes.
  • TMS effects can begin to emerge after several treatments but generally takes a few weeks before individuals start to notice a change. ECT are generally seen after the first few treatments. 

What is course of treatment for TMS?

We offer a 36-day treatment, administered Monday through Friday. Customized treatment plans are available.

How soon can I expect to see improvement?

While some people report feeling better quickly, it generally takes several weeks to start to see the effects of TMS working.

Can I return for an additional series of treatments if initial effects wear off?

You can return for additional treatments if you have a recurrence of symptoms. Generally we recommend clients wait for 6 months before returning for follow-up sessions. 

Is TMS also used for Bipolar Disorder or Anxiety?

TMS is not currently FDA approved for depression in Bipolar Disorder or anxiety.

How do I get started?

In order to place a self-referral for TMS at LVPG Adult and Pediatric Psychiatry–Muhlenberg, please call 610-297-7500 Option 4. For LVPG Adult and Pediatric Psychiatry–1259 Cedar Crest, call 610-402-5900.