According to the National Institutes of Health, with more than half of severely treatment-resistant patients achieving remission, Electroconvulsive Therapy has proven to be a useful treatment method. Since there are no guarantees regarding the effectiveness of ECT for each patient, our doctor will discuss why ECT therapy is being recommended and what alternative treatments may be available to you.
Please consult the dedicated professionals within the Heritage Oaks Hospital ECT Clinic at 916-480-5115 to assess if you are a candidate for ECT therapy. There are risks associated with any treatment procedure and individual results may vary. Our Medical Staff will also consult with you on the risks and benefits of ECT treatment if you are a suitable candidate.
At the Heritage Oaks Hospital ECT Clinic, Electroconvulsive Therapy is performed by a team of medical professionals specifically trained in its delivery. This team consists of a psychiatrist, anesthesiologist and nursing staff.
The anesthesia team administers general anesthesia, medications and monitors the patient’s medical status throughout the procedure. The psychiatrist commonly delivers the ECT stimulation.
After the treatment, nursing staff will continue to monitor the patient’s progress until it is deemed safe to leave the clinic. Outpatients receiving Electroconvulsive Therapy therapy will need to be driven to and from the treatment as a safety precaution.
While Electroconvulsive Therapy is an extremely effective treatment, it is only one component of a complete treatment regimen. After your ECT course, medications will likely be required as maintenance therapy to help prevent a return of your illness.
It is important to remember that ECT cannot resolve other problems associated with personal relationships or how an individual copes with the stressors of life. Other interventions such as psychotherapy may be recommended. Talk to a medical professional about steps after ECT.
With you in mind, Heritage Oaks Hospital’s family of services is able to better serve our patients by offering multiple levels of care along the path to wellness. In addition to providing Electroconvulsive Therapy, we offer a broad range of inpatient services for adolescents, adults and seniors, as well as outpatient services including:
- Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
- Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
Both inpatient and outpatient programs for patients provide treatment services with a variety of treatable mental illness or behavioral health needs throughout the Northern California area. Each of these services can help our patients reach their goals and provide them with the tools necessary to live a happier, healthier life.
There are risks associated with any treatment procedure and individual results may vary. Please consult the dedicated professionals within the Heritage Oaks Hospital Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Clinic at 916-480-5115 to assess if you are a candidate for ECT treatment. Our Medical Staff will also consult with you on the risks and benefits of ECT treatment if you are a suitable candidate.