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Ketamine Infusion Process – What’s It Like?

Ketamine therapy is a revolutionary source of relief for patients suffering from mental illness and chronic pain. But, before you decide if it’s the right fit for you, let’s walk through the ketamine infusion process from beginning to end.

For your first visit, we’ll schedule an initial assessment to review your overall health. Our experienced psychiatry team will take you through a comprehensive mental health screening, followed by a general physical and medical exam with a certified nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist. These tests are designed to give our staff a full picture of your mental and physical health to give you the personalized care you’ll require during your ketamine treatment.

For the safety of our patients, we also conduct a precautionary urine test to rule out indications of illicit drug abuse. We also require proof of a valid prescription for those patients who are actively taking controlled medication. Our pre-treatment process is thorough, but designed with care for your well-being.

After you’ve cleared these initial steps, we’re ready to schedule your infusion sessions. We require that our patients have a pre-arranged ride home from the treatment center, as driving is not permitted within the first several hours of the session. Patients are encouraged to invite a family member, friend or spouse to accompany them to treatment.

On the day of your session, you’ll meet with one of our anesthesia care providers who will walk you through the treatment process in our state-of-the-art facility. When you are at ketamine health centers, it’s time to relax, we will sit you in a comfortable lounge chair , provide you with headphones to listener to music, or you can watch TV while you receive your treatment. Each infusion session last 45-60 minutes and is closely monitored by an anesthesia professionals. After your session is complete, you’ll be led into the spa-like recovery area where our medical staff can assess you before you’re clear to go home.

In the days following treatment, you may already feel improvements in your mood and symptoms. But, we provide our patients with ongoing support to ensure that the benefits of ketamine therapy are long-lasting and meaningful. Our staff will stay in touch with you for periodic phone assessments at your convenience. We are more than happy to be a resource to our previous patients for tips on recovery and maintaining a healthy life. ​​

Author
Isbel Cruz-Chaudhry

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