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What is Ketamine Infusion?

Ketamine Infusion is an innovative and effective treatment for chronic pain and certain mental health conditions. Originally used as an anesthetic, ketamine has been found to have powerful pain-relieving and mood-enhancing properties at sub-anesthetic doses. During a ketamine infusion, the medication is administered intravenously, allowing for precise control over dosage and immediate therapeutic effects. This treatment can provide significant relief for patients who have not responded to other forms of pain management.

Ketamine Infusion

Why Might You Need Ketamine Infusion?

Ketamine Infusion may be recommended if you experience:

  • Chronic Pain: Persistent pain conditions, including neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
  • Depression and Anxiety: Severe mood disorders that have not improved with traditional therapies.
  • PTSD: Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms that are resistant to other treatments.
  • Migraine: Chronic migraines that do not respond to conventional treatments.

What Are the Steps in a Ketamine Infusion Procedure?

Preoperative Preparation
  • Medical Evaluation: Comprehensive review of your medical history, symptoms, and previous treatments.
  • Diagnostic Assessment: Evaluation to determine if ketamine infusion is the appropriate treatment for your condition.
  • Informed Consent: Detailed discussion of the procedure, potential benefits, and risks.
During the Procedure
  1. Patient Comfort: You will be comfortably seated or lying down during the infusion.
  2. IV Insertion: A small IV catheter is inserted into your arm to administer the ketamine.
  3. Infusion Process: The ketamine is infused slowly over a period of 40 minutes to several hours, depending on your treatment plan.
  4. Monitoring: Continuous monitoring of vital signs and symptoms throughout the infusion to ensure safety.
Postoperative Care
  • Observation: Brief period of monitoring after the infusion to ensure there are no immediate side effects.
  • Recovery: Most patients feel alert and can resume normal activities shortly after the infusion, although some may need a short period of rest.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Postoperative Care
  • Immediate Effects: Many patients experience rapid pain relief and mood improvement within hours of the infusion.
  • Pain and Mood Monitoring: Keeping a diary of pain levels and mood to track the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Scheduled to assess your response to the infusion and plan any further treatments if necessary.

Potential Complications

While ketamine infusion is generally safe, potential complications can include:

  • Dizziness and Nausea: Mild and typically short-lived side effects.
  • Hallucinations: Rare but possible, usually controlled with appropriate dosing.
  • Increased Blood Pressure: Monitored during the infusion and managed if necessary.

Benefits of Ketamine Infusion in Pain Management

  • Significant Pain Relief: Rapid reduction in chronic pain levels, often after just a few sessions.
  • Improved Mood: Effective in treating depression and anxiety, enhancing overall mental health.
  • Enhanced Functionality: Better pain control leads to improved mobility and ability to perform daily activities.
  • Quality of Life: Improved overall well-being and increased ability to engage in physical and social activities.

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For appointments contact
Scheduling: 855.750.5757

For billing questions
Billing: 586.439.6242

Fax: 586.261.1961
Fax (Pain Management): 586.838.1603