Ketamine infusions are intravenous treatments administered by a neurosurgeon for pain management. By introducing ketamine into the bloodstream, the pain receptors in the brain are stimulated to create new neurotransmitters, relieving pain and allowing the brain to decrease the sensation of pain, over time.
Ketamine infusions act as a long-term pain management solution, reducing the patient's reliance on opioids and other addictive pain-killing medications. Using low doses of ketamine, the brain's receptors to pain can be retrained to allow less discomfort to be experienced and to regain more mobility and overall function.
Among other uses, ketamine infusions can be used to relieve pain caused by a range of spinal conditions, including:
- Particular types of back pain
- Traumatic spinal cord injury
- Cancer-related back pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome
HOW ARE KETAMINE INFUSIONS ADMINISTERED?
This form of treatment is done in a hospital. Using an IV, the ketamine solution is administered straight into the bloodstream. Dr. Kolloori will monitor you while the infusion takes place. The ketamine infusion should take no longer than 30 minutes, providing instant pain relief. Depending on the severity of pain and origin of pain, the effects of ketamine infusions can last for several weeks or months.