Interventional Pain Institute
Interventional Pain Management & Minimally Invasive Spine Specialist located in Festus, Chesterfield & Bridgeton, MO
Ketamine is a general anesthetic surgeons use to sedate patients during surgical procedures. When given in smaller doses, ketamine infusion therapy may help provide long-term pain relief for those suffering from chronic pain conditions. Dedicated to helping their patients get their lives back, Ramis Gheith, MD, MS, and the team at Interventional Pain Institute offer ketamine infusion therapy as a self-pay service. To schedule a consultation to learn more about ketamine infusion therapy and how it may benefit you, call the office in Chesterfield, Festus, or Bridgeton, Missouri, or book online today.
Ketamine Infusion Therapy Q & A
What is ketamine?
Ketamine infusion therapy is one of the many services offered at Interventional Pain Institute to help reduce or eliminate pain. During treatment, Dr. Gheith and the team infuse a low dose of ketamine intravenously (IV) in your arm.
More recently, doctors have been using ketamine as a therapy for other chronic conditions, including chronic pain, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
What is ketamine infusion therapy?
Ketamine infusion therapy is one of the many services offered at Interventional Pain Institute to help reduce or eliminate pain. During treatment, Dr. Gheith and the team infuse a low dose of ketamine through an intravenous (IV) line in your arm over a set period of time.
Though researchers are still investigating how ketamine infusion therapy works, it’s believed that the dissociative anesthetic inhibits N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, which are found along the pain pathway and play a major role in pain sensations.
By blocking NMDA receptors, your ketamine infusion therapy provides relief from your pain. The medication may also have an anti-inflammatory effect at specific sites, which may also improve your discomfort.
Who benefits from ketamine infusion therapy?
Interventional Pain Institute is a full-time pain medicine clinic. Dr. Gheith and the team offer many innovative therapies to treat various chronic pain conditions. You may benefit from ketamine infusion therapy if you suffer from a chronic pain condition, such as:
- Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Phantom limb pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Spinal cord injury pain
Though ketamine infusion therapy provides long-term pain relief, it’s not an FDA-approved treatment and not covered by insurance. This means it’s a self-pay service.
What happens during ketamine infusion therapy?
Your ketamine infusion therapy is an in-office treatment conducted under close supervision. Dr. Gheith reviews the details of your therapy at your consultation, so you know what to expect.
As noted, your pain management specialist administers your ketamine infusion therapy through an IV line in your arm. During your treatment, the team closely monitors you and your vital signs.
The length of your treatment and the number of treatments you need depends on your pain condition. To get the most benefits, you may need a series of treatments.
Finding an effective treatment for your chronic pain condition may leave you feeling frustrated. To learn more about ketamine infusion therapy and how it may help you, call Interventional Pain Institute or book online today.
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