Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy
St. Joseph Hospital is proud to be the first hospital in Orange County
to offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy. This non-invasive
treatment is FDA-approved for patients with Major Depressive Disorder
who have not been able to regain their quality of life from talk and/or
medication therapies alone. In fact, clinical trials have shown that TMS
therapy is a proven safe and effective treatment to help patients achieve
long-term remission from MDD.
How does TMS therapy work?
TMS therapy works by using a pulsed magnetic field to stimulate a specific
area of the brain (left prefrontal cortex) involved in mood regulation.
The magnetic stimulation delivers pinpoint accuracy to the targeted brain
region, which results in an improved mood.
TMS is delivered through a small, curved device with a magnetic coil that
rests on the patient’s head. Patients remain awake and alert during
TMS therapy sessions, which take less than 20 minutes to complete. Once
the treatment session is complete, the patient can resume normal activities
immediately. The most common side effect reported with TMS therapy is
mild discomfort near the treatment site, which typically subsides after
the first week of treatments.
Will my insurance cover TMS therapy?
Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Tricare, cover TMS therapy.
If your insurance does not cover this treatment, please speak with one
of our Patient Financial Advisors by calling 800-378-4189 to find out
if you are eligible to enroll in our Patient Financial Assistance Program.
Questions and Referrals
If you have questions about TMS therapy, please call our Behavioral Health
Services department at 714-744-8879 or email
If you are a physician or doctor’s office and would like to fax a
patient referral for treatment, please fax referrals to 714-744-8605.