What to Expect: Ketamine Infusion Therapy

What to Expect at Spring Center of Hope

Each ketamine infusion will be administered by board certified anesthesiologist, versus a psychiatrist as commonly found at other infusion centers. Dr. Van Praag is a practicing anesthesiologist with over 14 years experience administering anesthesia, including ketamine, and is highly skilled at treating and monitoring patients and managing complications that may arise. In addition, the patient will be closely monitored by a registered nurse with experience in critical care and infusion therapy. The team will be present on site for each infusion and are both ACLS and PALS certified.

Our offices are open and taking patients and referrals.  Our offices are comfortable with large, plush reclining chairs in our private infusion rooms.  Our office is more like a spa than a medical center.  Your comfort is an important part of our ketamine infusion therapy plan.

Pretreatment Instructions

  • No solid food or milk products for four (4) hours before your appointment time. Clear liquids or coffee without milk may be consumed up to two (2) hours prior to treatment.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted during the infusion.
  • Please turn off all cell phones during treatment.
  • No reading or watching movies during treatment.
  • Patients may listen to music with headphones during infusions.
  • Discuss with the doctor about whether to take narcotics, sleep aids or benzodiazepines (i.e. Xanax or Ativan) on the day of treatment.    Take your normal medications the morning of your treatment with a sip of water.
  • We encourage a calm and relaxing environment.
  • You MUST bring a valid ID (license, state ID, passport) to your first treatment
  • Please complete the patient intake forms as soon as you are able so the doctor may review before your appointment arrives

Post Treatment Instructions

  • No driving or operating heavy equipment for 24 hrs after a treatment.
  • Resume a regular diet as tolerated. Avoid alcohol as much as possible.
  • Resume normal afternoon or evening medications.
  • Go to the emergency room if you experience chest pain, hives, shortness of breath, increasing weakness or swelling of your IV site with redness.
  • It is normal to feel fatigue the day of treatment.
  • You MUST have someone drive you home after your infusion.

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