What is Virtual Reality augmented Ketamine therapy (KVR)?
KVR is the use of virtual reality video and audio stimulation to enhance the therapeutic experience that the ketamine treatment provides patients. Dr. Canty and Comprehensive Spine and Pain Center of NY have pioneered this treatment combination for the treatment of chronic pain and depression. We have conducted the first research analysis of its effects in this patient population and the results have been very promising. We offer this combination to all of our patients and continue to advance the science of applying technology to our medical treatments to provide the best possible care for our patients.
KVR runs the Set & Setting application developed by David Lobser
What is Ketamine infusion therapy?
Many first-line treatments for chronic pain and emotional conditions such as depression fail for a great number of patients. In the absence of effective treatments, these patients are often left to struggle with their symptoms while consuming their way of life. Fortunately, Over the past several years, the use of ketamine has emerged as a viable treatment for those who have been failed by traditional techniques. It has even been featured on the cover of Time Magazine with what some describe as miraculous results of treatment-resistant pain and treatment of psychiatric conditions. Ketamine is an anesthetic and has been used safely and reliably for 40 years. Ketamine works by interrupting communication between injured neurons in the brain and spinal cord. This allows the central nervous system to reset itself back to a normal neurological state.
What Conditions respond to Ketamine?
Ketamine infusions treat all chronic pain conditions such as CRPS, RSD, Fibromyalgia, Central Pain Syndrome, Chronic back pain, Phantom limb pain, Diabetic neuropathy, Migraine Headache, TMJ pain, and Trigeminal neuralgia. Ketamine infusions also work extremely well for Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and Bipolar Disorder.
Is Ketamine Safe?
When used properly, Ketamine is considered very safe and usually well-tolerated by patients
What can I expect the day of treatment?
The infusions will last approximately 1-2 hours followed by a 30-minute recovery afterward. Having an escort on the first visit is important.
How Many Treatments will I Need?
While every patient is different, The standard treatment is 5 infusions over the course of 2 weeks. The initial treatment is effective for weeks to months then when the effects subside patients come for a single followup infusion.
Are there side effects?
Side effects from ketamine are rare generally mild and easy to prevent with premedication during the infusion. Occasionally, nausea, headaches and mild dreams may occur, all of which are easily treated.