What is Ketamine?
Elevated Health has partnered with Dr. Darin S Stettler DO for our Ketamine Infusion Therapy. Dr. Stettler is an Anesthesiology Specialist. He graduated with honors from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004. Having more than 14 years of diverse experiences, especially in ANESTHESIOLOGY, Dr. Darin Stettler affiliates with many hospitals including Mckay Dee Hospital, St Lukes Magic Valley Medical Center, St Luke’s Regional Medical Center, West Valley Medical Center, and Elevated Health.
Ketamine is one of the most widely used drugs in modern medicine. Ketamine is FDA approved as an anesthetic and has a variety of medical uses and a safe track record in surgical settings, pediatric surgery, and veterinary medicine. Just like many other essential medicines such as morphine or valium, it is a controlled substance and can be abused recreationally.
HOW DO KETAMINE INFUSIONS WORK IN SYRACUSE?
Ketamine in Syracuse and Davis County is completely different from traditional anti-depressant treatments such as SSRIs or MOAI inhibitors. Ketamine infusions are administered through an IV. You will be in the office of Elevated Health in Syracuse for 1-1.5 hours depending on your treatment. You will be required to have transportation home after your therapy. Privacy will be respected as you will be in your own treatment room comfortably reclined and able to relax for the entire session. The effect of a ketamine infusion is comparable to if you have ever received gas for a dental procedure. During the treatment you may experience what is called a “dissociative effect.” Many patients describe the experience with words like “relaxing” or “floating.” Ketamine therapy must be administered in a very precise way in order to achieve the antidepressant effect. Using an IV drip ensures that the ketamine goes directly into the bloodstream and to your brain without first being metabolized by your body. The IV drip rate will be set precisely and adjusted throughout the procedure so that the optimal rate can be maintained. Your initial dose will be based on your weight, and the Doctor in Syrcause may adjust it in later treatments to improve your results.
When the Ketamine is administered in this very accurate way, it can activate a sequence of events in the brain, which ultimately results in the re-growth of neurons that previously have died off. Ketamine can cause these neurons to rapidly re-grow within hours, and relieve depression symptoms.
Are Ketamine infusions safe?
Ketamine is an anesthetic capable of sedating patients during major surgery you can seriously injure yourself while under its influence if you are not in a controlled medical setting. Ketamine is the only anesthetic that does not suppress the body’s cardiovascular and respiratory systems. If administered in a controlled medical setting by a properly trained physician at Elevated Health using established methods, it is very safe.
Ketamine does have the potential to elevate a patient’s heart rate and blood pressure, so the patient’s vitals must be monitored during the treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Every patient is different and will need to consult with the Doctor to see what your specific treatment will be. The average treatment plan is twice a week for 2 weeks then once a week for 2 weeks.