The staff at Synergy Medical Center in Bradenton, Florida may not take themselves too seriously, but they are serious about providing relief to their patients through the use of ketamine therapy treatments. By using modern and integrative medicine, Synergy Medical Center can treat a number of conditions including chronic pain, neuropathic pain, and fibromyalgia.
Dr. Mark Lewis believes in the power of natural therapies and modern medicine, which led him to create Synergy Medical. He and the team at the clinic—multiple providers collaborate on the most effective treatment plans—pride themselves on being the premier of integrative medicine and giving patients lasting relief from their chronic conditions.
– IV ketamine infusion therapy
Your initial consultation will begin with mental and physical health histories to determine whether Ketamine is the right choice for you. You will fill out paperwork and various questionnaires to make sure there are no contraindications to receiving Ketamine treatment. Staff will set you up with Osmind to monitor and trend your progress from baseline to completion of the protocol and a need for a booster. If you need any medical clearances, such as those from a cardiologist, pulmonologist, or GI specialist, they will be obtained before treatment begins.
A psychiatric clearance may also be needed to treat some mood disorders. Once obtained and all your questions and health concerns are answered, Synergy Medical Center will move on to the treatment.
Ketamine treatment protocols at Synergy Medical can have an 85% success rate with 6 infusions over 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the nature of the condition being treated. Once the protocol is complete, there are periodic maintenance boosters that keep the results from waning.
Your Ketamine infusion will take place in a comfortable private treatment room. You will remain in your street clothes, so wear something loose-fitting. Synergy’s CRNA will conduct an anesthesia patient assessment and evaluation before each infusion. Staff will start a small IV and connect you to monitors. You will relax in a comfortable recliner for the duration of the infusion. The CRNA will remain in attendance throughout your course of treatment. The process takes between 45 and 55 minutes.
When the infusion ends you will begin to regain your full faculties and senses within minutes. The half-life of Ketamine is exceedingly short at approximately two hours. Some patients feel fatigued afterward but others feel well enough to resume their day. After the procedure, you will stay in the recovery area for approximately 30 minutes for observation until Synergy’s medical providers feel that you are ready to be discharged home.
You will not be able to drive after your treatment, so ensure you have a safe way to get home by asking a close friend or family member to drive you and care for you once you reach your destination.
Your treatment and progress is monitored daily through the Osmind app. The clinic will send you a daily text question and periodic clinical surveys which guide and improve your clinical course. Staff make informed, data-driven decisions about adjusting your treatment plan, preventing relapse, and detecting symptoms/deterioration/improvement with measurement-based care, remote patient monitoring, and automation. Synergy Medical Center finds this technology helps prevent patients from waiting too long to seek follow-up treatments.
After completing Ketamine infusion treatments, patients will be scheduled to come back into the office for another follow-up visit within two to four weeks from the very first treatment. This follow-up appointment is a time to reflect on how the treatment worked, and learn the results from the medical provider. Depending on the results, a personalized booster treatment plan may be initiated, in which another treatment may give further relief.
It is important to note that Ketamine treatment is only one part of a larger treatment plan. For chronic pain patients, this means seeing a physician and getting the proper medical care, such as imaging and other tests to help pinpoint cause. For mood disorder patients, you will need to further treatment by seeing a psychiatrist.
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