Ketamine

Ketamine Infusion Therapy

At Reichbach Center, a national center for the treatment of chronic pain and mental health disorders, we help our patient-guests experience relief and transform their lives through individualized, compassionate care.

At the very core of our advanced treatments for some of the world's most debilitating diseases is intravenous ketamine infusion therapy. Administered with the utmost care and tailored to the very specific needs of each patient-guest, our exceptional team, Dr. Steven Reichbach and Lolita Borges, RN, provide unique treatment plans for every one of our patient-guests based entirely on the individual.

With ketamine, there is no one-size-fits-all recommendation. Each dose as well as the duration and frequency of necessary visits must be unique to each of our patient-guests. This approach to ketamine treatments is what sets Reichbach Center and our team apart and defines who we are.

What Is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a drug that has been used for over 50 years in general anesthesia to calm patients prior to surgery. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers it one of only two “essential drug” anesthetics that should be available in every country.

The exploration into the therapeutic properties of ketamine began when patients who were administered ketamine prior to surgery reported unexplained, extended periods of pain relief for issues unrelated to the surgery itself. Ongoing studies have since found it to be remarkably successful in patients when conventional modalities have not brought the desired effects—while also preventing addictions from developing. This is because ketamine works in a significantly different way when compared to traditional pain-relieving and antidepressant medications.

Academic medical centers across the United States—including Yale University, the University of California at San Diego, and the Mayo Clinic—are now increasingly opting to treat their patients with pain and mood disorders with ketamine intravenous infusions. Now this groundbreaking therapy is available in the Sarasota-Manatee area at Reichbach Center.

How Does Ketamine Infusion Work?

Unlike some other types of anesthesia, ketamine typically doesn’t affect respiration, and it gives the patient a sense of general well-being or euphoria. It has also been commonly used with pediatric patients who have broken bones or dislocated shoulders.

Ketamine works on a variety of receptors, neurotransmitters, and pathways in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord/central nervous system) to induce both an antidepressant and analgesic effect. These chemical interactions produce the anesthetizing effects for pain and depression that patients experience.

Ketamine & Glutamate

One of the brain’s key neurotransmitters is glutamate, an amino acid found in 80% of neurons. Glutamate helps regulate the process of information and overall communication between the various regions of the brain and body. The effects of ketamine are achieved through its interactions with glutamate-producing brain cell receptor sites by stopping glutamate production and influencing communication between the brain and the body.

For those with chronic pain, ketamine can impede and “reset” pain receptors in the brain and balance out important neurons and hormones by changing glutamate and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) levels. This blocks the nerve channels that cause intense pain sensations while still allowing the nerve to function normally.

Intravenous infusion (an IV drip) ensures ketamine achieves the highest and most reliable blood concentration. At Reichbach Center, IV drip rates are fine-tuned throughout each procedure so that the optimal result can be obtained for each individual patient.

Ketamine for Specific Conditions

Ketamine has proven to successfully treat a wide range of complex and challenging conditions, from mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and mood disorders, to neuropathic and chronic pain. 

At Reichbach Center, we help our patient-guests experience relief from these conditions and more. For a better understanding of ketamine as a form of treatment for chronic pain or mental health, please use the links below. 

 

A Place of Comfort. A Place of Hope.

At Reichbach Center, a national center for the treatment of chronic pain and mental health disorders, we help our patient-guests experience relief and transform their lives through individualized, compassionate care. Our team is devoted to working closely with you, providing experienced care and expertise in revolutionary treatment methods to help you feel better and live better. From ketamine for chronic pain or mental health to medical cannabis, psychotropics, and essential oils, we offer advanced options for physical and mental relief to help you face tomorrow with hope.

If you are ready to experience relief, contact us at (941) 213-4444, toll-free at (844) 348-4854, or request an appointment online to schedule your complimentary consultation with our board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Steven Reichbach.