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Graduated in 1990
Meet Jerron C Hill, Medical Director
Dr. Jerron C. Hill M.D. is a board-certified anesthesiologist and has practiced medicine for 30 years. In 2017 he opened the Ketamine Health & Wellness Center of Texas in Plano Tx. He treats patients that suffer from mood disorders, chronic pain, nutritional deficiencies and Vitamin C sensitive tumors. He uses an integrative approach to helping patients by incorporating stress management, proper nutrition, exercise and intermittent fasting in helping patients to live a better quality of life. He also consults with patients and consumers about the wellness benefits of CBD, vitamins, and supplements for a balanced life for optimal physical and mental well-being.
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine was first synthesized in 1962 by Dr. Calvin Stevens of Wayne State University while working at Park Davis Laboratories. At that time, he was investigating an alternative anesthetic to phencyclidine (PCP), hoping to produce an agent that was less likely to cause seizures or neurotoxicity. His efforts resulted in the discovery of ketamine, a dissociative anesthetic that produces anesthesia through hallucinogenic, amnestic, analgesic, sedative, and cataleptic effects.
Since that time, ketamine has been used extensively as an anesthetic and sedative agent in both human and veterinarian medicine, gaining popularity in the 1970s in the battlefield and burn medicine settings. In the perioperative arena, it has many functions including but not limited to induction for anesthesia in trauma and burn patients. It is commonly used as a sedative for patients that require fiber-optic intubation while awake and to relieve pain before performing spinal anesthesia in patients requiring hip surgery. For more than 50 years, ketamine has proven to be a safe anesthetic drug with potent analgesic properties.
How does Ketamine treat depression?
Basic and clinical studies demonstrate that depression is associated with a reduction in the size of brain regions that regulate mood and cognition, including the prefrontal cortex (PFT) and the hippocampus, as well as decreased neuronal synapses in these areas. Antidepressants can block or reverse these neuronal deficits, although typical antidepressants have limited efficacy and delayed response times of weeks to months. Ketamine, an N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist, produces rapid antidepressant responses, even within a few hours, in patients who are resistant to typical antidepressants. Ketamine rapidly induces synaptogenesis and reverses the synaptic deficits caused by chronic stress.
How does Ketamine treat chronic pain?
Over the past several decades, there has been a growing number of patients who are being diagnosed with some form of chronic pain. The treatment of chronic pain is based on a trial and error approach with antidepressants, anti-epileptics, and opioids as drugs of the first choice. Irrespective of treatment, efficacy is limited, with just 30-40% of patients showing adequate to good pain relief. Anesthesiologists and other pain physicians started using ketamine, at sub-anesthetic doses, to treat therapy-resistant chronic pain syndromes. Low dose ketamine produces strong analgesia by inhibition of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor. Other mechanisms by which ketamine inhibits pain include enhancement of descending inhibition and anti-inflammatory effects in the brain.