What is Ketamine Infusion Therapy and How Does it Work?

Ketamine infusion therapy can be used to treat chronic pain, depression, migraines and other neuropathic painful conditions when those conditions have resisted treatment. Ketamine is typically administered intravenously through a series of infusions depending on the patient’s needs. The mechanism of action of ketamine is believed to be through the blockade of NMDA and HCN1 receptors. This biological reaction to the drug then provides relief from pain.

At Greater Austin Pain Center, we offer ketamine IV therapy as one of our many treatment options for managing chronic pain. Contact us today to learn more!

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine has been used in the medical industry for over 50 years. Originally used as an anesthetic during surgery, ketamine has recently been clinically-proven to be effective for other uses. Ketamine, when administered through an IV, can be used to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain for patients who have not had success treating their conditions with other treatments and medications.

What Does Ketamine Infusion Therapy Treat?

While everyone feels pain, chronic pain can be long-term and affect one’s daily life and ability to participate in their favorite activities. Symptoms can vary from person to person and may include aches, burning sensations, throbbing, stiffness, and soreness. Attempts may be made to treat chronic pain and its symptoms with high-dose medications and topical creams. When these medications and all other treatments have failed at managing pain, however, it can take a toll on one’s mental health and lead to feelings of depression and anxiety. Fortunately, ketamine therapy is a treatment option for those patients who have not had success managing their pain with first-line options.

Ketamine infusion therapy has proven to be successful at treating neuropathic painful conditions, migraines, complex regional pain syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, and fibromyalgia. Ketamine can also treat mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

If standard treatment has not provided you with relief for these conditions, contact one of our pain clinics in Austin, Kyle, Dripping Springs, and San Marcos to see if this innovative treatment is right for you!

What to Expect From Ketamine Infusion Treatment

When you schedule an appointment with Greater Austin Pain Center, one of our pain specialists will take the time to learn more about you, your medical history, and your experience with pain. If it’s clear that your chronic pain condition has resisted other treatments, then we may designate you as a good candidate for ketamine infusion. If that decision is made, our specialists will then determine a treatment plan that works for you and choose a dosage that is appropriate for your body weight.

Patients can expect their ketamine infusion treatments to last 60 minutes. Ketamine is administered slowly through an IV. Results, however, may be fast-acting, and you may experience feelings of disassociation or deep relaxation during your infusion. Throughout your treatment, our healthcare professionals will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels as a precautionary measure and stop treatment if your vitals are irregular.

While side effects are minimal, patients undergoing ketamine IV infusion may experience dizziness, light sensitivity, nausea, confusion, fatigue, and/or loss of appetite. As such, it is mandatory that patients have a friend or family member accompany them home after their infusion treatment.

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The Ketamine Infusion Therapy Process


Schedule an Appointment

Call Greater Austin Pain or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment at one of our three pain management treatment centers in Austin, Kyle, Dripping Springs, and San Marcos.


Determine a Treatment Plan

At your appointment, we’ll learn more about your medical history and experience with pain. If you’re a good candidate for ketamine infusion, we’ll then determine a treatment plan and choose an appropriate dosage for your body weight.


Ketamine IV Treatment

You’ll receive ketamine administered through an IV infusion during a 60 minute session. Our specialists will monitor your vitals throughout your session and provide information on next steps.


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"Everyone is so friendly and helpful, Dr. Bednar came to me and explained the procedure and answered my questions. Highly recommend!"

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"Dr. Julia is the best! The staff is professional and friendly to all. Best of all, Dr. Julia is finding solutions for my chronic pain! Never thought that it would be possible. It's a journey for me, but it seems like there is a solution."

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is radiofrequency ablation safe?

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Yes, radiofrequency nerve ablation is a safe, low-risk procedure. Serious complications, such as infection or bleeding near the treatment area, are not common.

What are the side effects of radiofrequency ablation?

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Typical side effects from a radiofrequency ablation procedure include soreness or mild bruising where the needles were placed. These side effects should resolve within 1 or 2 days.

Is radiofrequency ablation an effective treatment option for pain?

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Over 70% of patients who undergo a radiofrequency ablation procedure experience pain relief. While the length of that pain relief can vary, most patients experience relief from pain for 6 to 12 months after treatment. In other cases, pain relief can last years!

How long does radiofrequency ablation take?

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Patients can expect their entire radiofrequency ablation procedure to take approximately 30 minutes. The duration of the radiofrequency nerve ablation procedure will depend on the location and the amount of nerves that need to be treated. The type of RFA treatment also affects the duration.

What should I expect after radiofrequency ablation?

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Patients undergoing an RFA procedure should arrange to have someone drive them home after their procedure. For at least 24 hours after the procedure, patients should avoid driving, operating machinery, or engaging in rigorous physical activity. Once the 24 hours have passed, patients can return to their normal daily routine.

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Take Back Your Life with Ketamine Infusion Therapy

If you suffer from treatment-resistant chronic pain and want to take back control of your life, contact Greater Austin Pain to learn more about our ketamine infusion therapy. With four convenient locations in Austin, Kyle, Dripping Springs, and San Marcos, our pain management specialists are eager to help you find a solution to your chronic pain.

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