Electroconvulsive therapy offers inpatient/outpatient services

For those who have experienced unresponsiveness to traditional therapy and medication management, Medical City Green Oaks offers Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), which has been proven to be a safe and effective form of treatment. Today, ECT remains the gold standard of treatment for severe, medication-resistant depression as recent advances in technology have improved the safety and tolerability of the procedure.

Before considering ECT, a full evaluation to assess your general health and suitability for the procedure is required. This helps ensure that ECT is safe for you. The evaluation usually includes:

  • A medical history
  • A complete physical exam
  • A psychiatric assessment
  • Basic blood tests
  • An electrocardiogram (ECG) and chest X-ray to check your heart and lung health
  • Anesthesiologist review

What is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?

Electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, is a medical procedure performed under anesthesia by a board-certified anesthesiologist. It involves a small, measured electrical impulse that travels through the brain. This electrical impulse induces a well-controlled seizure, causing other changes in the brain that can help patients get better.

ECT can be effective for:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Other mental health conditions

“ECT is among the safest treatments that we have,” says Ronnie Pollard, MD. “It is also one of the most effective treatments we have. ECT has been studied for over 75 years. And here at Medical City Green Oaks, we have been doing it safely and effectively for more than 25 years.”

“ECT is one of the most effective treatments we have in psychiatry,” Dr. Pollard says. “While our psychiatric medications are only 50 to 60 percent effective, ECT can be more than 80 percent effective.”

To learn more about ECT, make a referral or schedule an appointment, please email us or call (972) 770-0824 during normal business hours. Your call or inquiry will be returned within 24 hours during normal business hours.

ECT is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The decision to use ECT should include the patient, family and physician. Many different opinions exist with regards to ECT. It is important to know the risks and benefits of this procedure as with any form of medical treatment.