Dr. William Sauvé leads Richmond’s first outpatient transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy center, treating depression without the need for medications
Virginia Interventional Psychiatry began treating patients this spring in their Glen Allen clinic, just north of the Innsbrook Corporate Center. VIP is the first outpatient clinic in the Richmond area specializing exclusively in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy. TMS Therapy is an FDA-cleared treatment for patients with depression who have not found relief from antidepressants or other therapies, who are unable to use certain psychotropic medications, or who desire a treatment program that does not require antidepressant medication.
TMS Therapy is quickly gaining popularity among patients who are unable to achieve symptom relief, as it is a unique, non-invasive, non-sedative form of outpatient depression treatment. And unlike electroconvulsive therapy, which requires anesthesia and a longer treatment regimen, TMS Therapy has very few side effects and allows the patient to remain awake and cognizant of the entire procedure. Patients are able to come in for 45-minute treatment sessions and resume normal activity immediately afterwards.
The clinic’s founders began their work with TMS Therapy at a local inpatient hospital, utilizing this approach in their work with our nation’s veterans, many of whom had been suffering from mood disorders. They were impressed by the results that were achieved and the efficacy of TMS Therapy in treating depression, already solidly supported by numerous research studies. In February of this year, they opened Virginia Interventional Psychiatry to begin caring for Richmond residents with treatment-resistant depression and those not wishing to use antidepressants.
Founding psychiatrist, Dr. William M. Sauvé, MD, says “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy provides a new hope in the treatment of depression that creates the potential for remission, not just management. Depression can be a devastating illness, and TMS Therapy represents a real, concrete strategy for sufferers to get well. After the FDA recognized its efficacy, and with insurance companies now covering a majority of the treatment cost, patients have an option beyond antidepressants and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). ”
Virginia Interventional Psychiatry is located at 5231-C Hickory Park Drive in Glen Allen. For more information, please visit www.viptms.com or call 804-464-8471.