Charlie, a Story of Overcoming Post Surgery Depression

Charlie had major surgery years ago and noticed signs of depression while going through the recovery process. In fact, her emotional and physical well-being began to deteriorate and she no longer felt the need to engage in her normal daily activities such as getting out of bed, working, and spending time with her husband.

This uncomfortable situation pushed Charlie to consult with a specialized doctor in an effort to relieve her symptoms. After ample assessment, her doctor began prescribing medications with the hope of seeing a positive effect on Charlie’s health and aiming to help her get back to leading the normal life she enjoyed prior to her surgery.

After several failed attempts to get rid of this devastating condition, Charlie turned to TMS treatment for help. She started using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a safe, non-invasive, drug-free, and FDA-approved procedure that can help relieve patients from depression for up to one year after treatment.

This revolutionary technology works in a way that allows electromagnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the brain, causing an effect that aims to control one’s mood and minimize chances for depression to occur.

The TMS Neuro Institute is dedicated to working directly with people with depression. They ensure their patients that TMS is safe and can successfully help those whom traditional methods, like medications and psychotherapy, did not work.

“This TMS treatment has given me back my life”, said Charlie. “Now I’m able to get out of bed every day, see my family, and get back to living again. “

TMS was effective for Charlie and enabled her to regain her life from depression. She started being active, re-entered the work force via a part time job, and has even started planning the trip of a life time with her husband. The regained joy in the couple’s life was definitely worth taking a second honeymoon after over 40 years of marriage.

Charlie is one of the many people who are currently battling depression caused by known and sometimes unknown or unanticipated reasons. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 16.1 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode within the past year.

In many cases, signs of suffering from depression do appear during the early stages, and may allow a prompt access to treatment; the more you know about these signs, the better you can assess whether you or a loved one might be headed to facing the battle.

In Charlie’s case, her depression diagnosis was a complication that could happen after any type of surgery. However, many symptoms, such as fatigue and loss of interest in daily activities are common in depression and during the normal post-surgery recovery period. Post-surgery depression can be caused by factors such as:

  • Chronic pain

  • Reactions to anesthesia

  • Reactions to painkillers

  • Facing one’s own mortality

  • The physical and emotional stress of surgery

Patients who have complications from depression medications to treat these symptoms can turn to TMS treatment for a drug-free alternative. Some additional symptoms provided by the American Psychiatric Association to help one recognize depression early are:

• Fatigue

• Loss of interest in activities

• Feelings of hopelessness and despair

• Feelings of anxiety, stress, agitation or restlessness

• Feelings of guilt

• Thoughts of harming yourself or others

• Thoughts of death or suicide

• Insomnia (difficulty sleeping) or sleeping too much

The Association states that most of the items on this list must be present on a daily basis and must cause significant distress or issues during the function of daily life to be considered symptoms of depression.

TMS Neuro Institute is one of the earliest adopters in using transcranial magnetic stimulation to treat various forms of depression in Los Angeles, including treatment resistant depression. To schedule a consultation, call 888.823.4867 or book an appointment online here.