What is a Ketamine Infusion Therapy?
Ketamine is an anesthetic medication that has pain relieving properties and can be used at lower doses for Pain Management. Ketamine can be useful in relieving neuropathic pain that do not respond to other pain medications. This is because Ketamine works in a different way compared to other pain-relieving medication.
Over several decades, research has shown that ketamine has antidepressive properties. It is being used for the management of psychiatric disorders and chronic pain management. Ketamine has been incorporated into the treatment of psychiatric disorders, such as major depressive disorder (MDD), bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as post-operative and chronic pain management.
Ketamine therapy works by blocking specific receptors in your nervous system called NMDA receptors. These receptors have been found to play an important role in chronic pain pathways. It essentially functions by “re-setting” your nervous system.
Why might I need a Ketamine Infusion Therapy?
For those suffering from chronic pain disorders and other psychiatric disorders, Ketamine Infusion Therapy can be helpful for a lot of ailments like the following:
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD),
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
What happens during the procedure?
The ketamine infusion will take place in a calm, quiet environment in a comfortable chair. A small IV is placed in your arm or hand. Some monitors are attached to keep track of your heart rate and blood pressure. When the medication is started, most patients will get sleepy and take a nap. You will not be under general anesthesia and will be able to answer questions if needed.
What happens after the procedure?
Most patients find the infusion experience to be quite relaxing and pleasant. Patient will not lose consciousness or awareness of their surroundings. Within 15 minutes of ending the infusion your thinking will be clear and the patient can leave the facility without assistance.