FAQ

Are infusions done as outpatient?
How do I know if Ketamine Infusions will help my pain?
How will you determine how many Ketamine Infusions I will need?
How frequently are infusions scheduled?
Will someone need to come with me?
What about eating and drinking the day of my procedure?
I heard that Ketamine can cause hallucinations?
How will I feel after the Ketamine Infusion?
What is the goal of Ketamine Infusion therapy?
How long will my pain relief last?
Is the office handicap accessible?
Does the office have WiFi?
What is the cost?
What is your Privacy Policy?
Can ketamine help with the treatment of depression?

Are infusions done as outpatient?

Yes. All infusions are administered in our private office.

How do I know if Ketamine Infusions will help my pain?

While treating some types of chronic pain with Ketamine Infusions have been more studied and found more effective than treating others, there is no guarantee that Ketamine Infusions will help your pain.

How will you determine how many Ketamine Infusions I will need?

By experience with your type of pain, and observing your response to the first two infusions. You will receive a minimum of two and a maximum of ten infusions depending on your response.

How frequently are infusions scheduled?

The best results are achieved when infusions are administered on successive days.

Will someone need to come with me?

You may arrive alone and undergo the infusion without a friend or relative present. Our staff will be watching you closely. However, all patients must be accompanied by a responsible adult at time of discharge.

What about eating and drinking the day of my procedure?

Patients in the morning session must have no food or liquids after midnight the night before. A sip of water with medications is OK. Afternoon patients may have clear liquids until 8:00 am, then nothing other than medication with a sip of water.

I heard that Ketamine can cause hallucinations?

If given alone, Ketamine can cause hallucinations. To limit the occurrence of this side effect we administer midazolam, a benzodiazepine that is very effective. Only rarely will a patient have to stop treatment because of any of Ketamine’s side effects.

How will I feel after the Ketamine Infusion?

Your thinking may be a bit cloudy and your walk unsteady for an hour or two after treatment. There will be a few more hours of tiredness. But, hopefully there will be a noticeable improvement in the pre-treatment level of your pain as well.

What is the goal of Ketamine Infusion therapy?

What we want to achieve is a significant improvement in the level of your pain. With a decrease in pain you can expect to increase your activity level and improve your overall quality of life.

How long will my pain relief last?

Following a series of infusions we want to see a prolonged period of significant pain relief measured in weeks to months. Most patients will need to return from time to time for a booster infusion to maintain that level of relief.

Is the office handicap accessible?

The Pittsburgh office is wheelchair accessible. The New York office and the bathrooms are handicap accessible.

Does the office have WiFi?

Yes, we have WiFi and those accompanying you are welcome to bring any laptops, iPads, iPods and cell phones that they wish. During the infusion you will be sedated and need to rest without distraction.

What is the cost?

The cost of each infusion is $800. This fee is inclusive with no additional or hidden charges. We accept cash, checks and all major credit cards.

What is your Privacy Policy?

Our Privacy Policy can be viewed here.

Can ketamine help with the treatment of depression?

In some cases. Please continue here for more information.

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