A first-of-its kind Ketamine clinic has been open in Rochester for months.
The clinic says it can be beneficial for patients who are not responding to other treatments for chronic pain or even depression.
Patti Wallis, a patient at the Upstate Ketamine Center says she has finally found some relief.
“I’ve tried many different treatments, antidepressants, talk therapy and they’ve worked a little bit but nothing that has helped with my severe depression,” said Wallis.
The Upstate Ketamine Center says about 70 percent of people who receive the treatment see positive results.
However, this treatment is not covered by insurance and the costs can be hundreds of dollars per a treatment.
Dr. Hemant Kalia with Rochester Regional Health says there’s not enough evidence of the long term effects or the efficiency of the treatment.
“The current therapy protocols will only provide relief from anywhere from a few minutes up to 60 days, that duration is not significant enough to expose these patients to multiple infusion treatments,” said Dr. Kalia. Dr. Kalia says this should not be the first line treatment but it can be beneficial to the right patient.
Doctors recommend if you are considering Ketamine to talk to your pain doctor, this should never be administered without the guidance of a board certified pain physician or an anesthesiologist.