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Ketamine Infusion Therapy Specialist

Ascend Wellness MBS

Ketamine Infusion Therapy & Anesthesiology located in Minot, ND

Ketamine infusion therapy offers hope for people with chronic pain and psychiatric disorders when other treatments offer little relief. Melinda Howe, APRN, CRNA, at Ascend Wellness MBS in Minot, North Dakota, uses ketamine infusion therapy to help patients with a range of problems from depression and addiction to fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain. To find out how you can benefit from treatment at Ascend Wellness MBS, call their office or book an appointment online today.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy Q&A

What is ketamine infusion therapy?

Ketamine infusion therapy is a treatment that delivers a powerful anesthetic drug (ketamine) into your bloodstream through an intravenous (IV) line.

Ascend Wellness MBS uses ketamine infusion therapy to treat problems like:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Neuralgia
  • Migraines
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Depression (major depressive disorder)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Ketamine infusion therapy isn't the first treatment you would receive for these conditions. For most patients, conservative approaches such as physical therapy, medications, and counseling are effective in resolving such problems.

However, if you've been having treatment for a while and aren't making good progress, ketamine infusion therapy at Ascend Wellness MBS could help.

How does ketamine infusion therapy work?

How ketamine infusion therapy works to treat chronic pain and mental health disorders isn't completely understood. Current research suggests several ways it can help:


Ketamine's primary function is as an anesthetic, and it's widely used in operating rooms during surgery. You don't receive as much ketamine in an infusion, so it won't knock you out, but it still has an anesthetic effect that can help with chronic pain.

Glutamate production

Glutamate is an amino acid that you need for healthy brain function. People with depression frequently have low levels of glutamate, which means that the chemical messengers called neurotransmitters in your brain don't work so well. 

Ketamine infusion therapy stimulates glutamate production, improving brain function and relieving symptoms of depression.

Ketamine infusion therapy also appears to improve patients' receptiveness to psychotherapy and treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

What happens during ketamine infusion therapy?

Ketamine infusion therapy is a pleasant, relaxing experience at Ascend Wellness MBS. They have specially designed facilities that provide a calm, comforting environment during the treatment, which lasts about an hour. 

Ketamine infusion therapy takes place in a private space with soothing music or sounds of your choice.

Melinda carefully inserts a needle into a vein — usually in your arm — and attaches it to an intravenous tube called a catheter. The ketamine infusion slowly drips down the catheter into your blood. 

Throughout your infusion, Caretaker® wireless monitoring ensures you aren't experiencing any problems.

If any issues do arise, Ascend Wellness MBS has medications to take care of them. Under Melinda's care, any side effects you might experience are minimal. When your ketamine infusion therapy is complete, you remain under observation until cleared to return home, just to make sure all is well.

How many ketamine infusion therapy sessions will I need?

Most patients benefit from a series of ketamine infusion therapy treatments to achieve optimal benefits. Melinda works with you and your mental health or chronic pain specialists to arrange the most effective treatment plan for you.

To find out more about receiving ketamine infusion therapy, call Ascend Wellness MBS today or request an appointment online.