Ketamine Infusions Specialist

Akash Bajaj, MD, MPH -  - Orthopedist & Pain Management Specialist

Akash Bajaj, MD, MPH

Orthopedist & Pain Management Specialist & Orthopedic Specialist located in Marina Del Rey, CA

If you struggle with long-term pain that has resisted other types of treatment, you should talk with Dr. Akash Bajaj about ketamine infusions. When given intravenously, ketamine effectively diminishes chronic pain for many patients, especially when their pain is caused by a neuropathic condition. Dr. Bajaj is an expert in cutting-edge treatments like ketamine infusions, so call the office in Marina Del Rey, California, or book an appointment online to learn whether you’re a good candidate for ketamine therapy.

Ketamine Infusions Q & A

Akash Bajaj, MD, MPH

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is an anesthetic and pain reliever. It has been used for anesthesia during surgery for decades, building such a safe track record that it’s often recommended for pediatric surgery.

Although high doses of ketamine are used during surgery, when low doses are administered intravenously (IV), it becomes an effective pain reliever.

As of 2015, the National Institutes of Health recommends ketamine administered as an IV infusion for treating chronic pain. Ketamine is also used for patients with treatment-resistant depression, where it produces almost immediate results by boosting levels of the brain chemical glutamate.

What conditions are treated with ketamine infusions?

Ketamine infusions can help reduce chronic pain, give you a better night’s sleep, and improve your overall ability to enjoy life. Ketamine infusions may be recommended for chronic pain conditions such as:

  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Neuropathic pain disorders
  • Migraine headaches
  • Centralized pain
  • Post-herpetic neuralgia
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders

What should you expect during a ketamine infusion?

Ketamine infusions are administered on site in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Before your infusion, Dr. Bajaj performs a comprehensive evaluation of your health, including a physical and neurological examination, if necessary.

Your treatment is individually tailored based on the results of your exam and the nature of your pain. Once a dose has been determined, IV access is established, and ketamine is infused through the IV into your bloodstream.

Your infusion treatment lasts several hours, possibly 4-6 hours, depending on the rate of the infusion. Low doses administered slowly produce optimal and longer-lasting results.

Throughout your treatment, a pulse oximeter stays on your finger to continuously monitor changes in blood levels of oxygen. You’re also under the constant supervision of Dr. Bajaj and his highly trained medical professionals.

What are the side effects of ketamine infusion?

Intravenous ketamine infusions are well-tolerated by most patients. You may experience vivid dreams or drowsiness. Some patients develop nausea or feel like they’re jittery, but these side effects can be treated with medication added to the IV.

To learn more about innovative methods for relieving chronic pain, call Dr. Bajaj or book an appointment online.

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