People with various treatment-resistant mood disorders can find relief from their debilitating symptoms at The Linden Medical Center Edmonton. The healthcare providers offer ketamine infusions and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for patients that have not found recovery through traditional forms of medicine. Conditions they treat at the clinic include depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Linden Medical Center Edmonton is led by Dr. Monika Hooper and Dr. Venkat Chamarti. The two co-founded the health center with the main goal of helping people who have not found a treatment option that works.
By offering compassionate and uniquely tailored ketamine-assisted psychotherapy sessions, Dr. Hooper and Dr. Chamarti aim to help people regain control over their health. The Edmonton clinic will open its doors in the summer of 2022.
Your first appointment is a consultation with a Psychiatrist. They will assess your mental and physical health history and answer any questions you have. The psychiatrist will determine if you are an appropriate candidate for IV Ketamine therapy. This is normally done at the Linden Medical Center’s office, but if you have a long distance to travel, this can be a video consult. For video consults, the clinic will need your email address, and you’ll need access to a device or computer with a camera.
Infusions themselves take place in a comfortable environment. When you first arrive, an RN will bring you to a private treatment room and you will meet the anesthetist, who will be administering the medication and monitoring your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation. An intravenous line (IV) will be started in an extremity and you will be given a weight-based, sub-anesthetic dose of ketamine by continuous infusion over 40 minutes. Depending upon your response to the first infusion, the dose of ketamine or the duration of the infusion may be changed to maximize your response.
The initial course is a set of 6 infusions. The Linden Medical Center recommends 2 infusions per week for 3 weeks for a total of 6 treatments. Required maintenance treatments vary by patient, and can range from weekly to every 6 months.
IV ketamine infusion therapy is an option for adult (>18 years) patients with refractory major depressive disorder who have not responded to trials of 2 or more antidepressants. It is contraindicated in patients with unstable cardiovascular disease, psychosis, or a history of ketamine abuse.