Ketamine Infusion Therapy

If you are still experiencing the hardship of chronic pain, even after exhausting traditional therapies like non-steroidal medications, physical therapy, opiates, injections or even surgery, Ketamine Infusion Therapy may be your answer.


CapRock Hospital – Bryan, TX

At CapRock Hospital, we administer Ketamine infusion in our safe and tranquil environment. Treatments are provided by Board Certified Physicians and Registered Nurses, trained in Ketamine infusions, who make your health and comfort their professional priority.  It is our mission to relieve your pain, restore your hope, and help you regain your purpose.


CapRock Partners with Dr. Ali Daftarian

At CapRock Health, we provide highly reliable, quality-driven, and patient-centered care in the safest environment for our patients.  As we strive to live our mission and values, we remind ourselves why we do what we do – change the status quo, ignite healthcare innovation, and foster an exceptional patient experience.

To this end, CapRock Health System and Dr. Ali Daftarian, MD are excited to announce our collaborative commitment to the health of our patients and community by introducing this alternative pain management treatment option.

Dr. Daftarian is board certified in Anesthesiology and in Pain Management. He is an active member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Texas Medical Association, and the American Medical Association. He believes that well-educated patients have the best chance for pain-free lifestyles. Learn more about Dr. Ali Daftarian.

Dr. Daftarian utilizes a multi-modal approach to pain management, adding Ketamine Infusion Therapy for non-invasive chronic pain management. As an innovator with many years of experience and vast knowledge in pain management, he is a valuable addition to the medical staff at CapRock Health. 

This new partnership is one example of our efforts to achieve our mission by bringing an alternative pain management option to the Bryan/College Station community.


What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a prescription medication categorized as a disassociative anesthetic. At the low doses used for pain management, it induces a serene state while providing pain relief and relaxation. Unlike general anesthesia, low dose Ketamine does not negatively impact heart function, breathing, and airway reflexes.


Is Ketamine Safe?

Since Ketamine Infusion Therapy is given in a low dosage, the vast majority of patients tolerate the medication well.  As with any medication you can experience side effects.  Some patients may experience confusion, muscle tremors or hallucinations.  These side effects quickly subside when the medication is stopped.  The physician will tailor your treatment regimen specific to your needs. Highly-trained Registered Nurses will continuously monitor your infusion in a safe hospital setting and will mitigate any side effects you might experience.


How do low-dose Ketamine infusions work to relieve pain?

For pain management, Ketamine is used in low-dose continuous infusions, providing a sub-dissociative, sub-anesthetic state.  Its unique effect on the central nervous system works to significantly decrease or eliminate your pain.  Research supports low-dose infusions of Ketamine as an effective alternative treatment option for patients diagnosed with pain disorders including:

  • Neuropathic pain
  • Phantom pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Ischemic pain
  • Others

It is particularly helpful in situations where patients have developed opioid intolerance, toxicity, or are in pain crisis. **Lon wants a link here

During your infusion, Ketamine works within your central nervous system to help break cycles of chronic pain caused by faulty nerve communication.  These alterations to the pain pathways can begin to provide relief as quickly as 30 minutes after a Ketamine infusion, and relief may continue for weeks or even months.  Usually, optimal results are achieved after a series of infusions.


Other uses of Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Additional research has shown Ketamine to have anti-depressive properties and Ketamine Infusion Therapy is now starting to be incorporated into the treatment of behavioral health disorders.  While we do not currently offer low-dose Ketamine Infusion Therapy for behavioral health disorders, we hope to add this treatment in the near future.


How do I start Ketamine Infusion Therapy?

While the infusion is administered by CapRock Hospital personnel, Ketamine Infusion Therapy must be ordered and managed by an anesthesiologist on staff. Either your current pain management doctor or primary care physician can refer you to CapRock to evaluate your pain and decide if Ketamine Infusion Therapy is right for you.


How many treatments will I need?

Each patient’s chronic pain is unique, therefore our physician will customize your treatment plan. Typically, treatment for chronic pain requires 4 to 6 Ketamine infusions, one every other day.  However, our physician will determine the best treatment plan and the safest dosage to provide maximum pain relief.


How much does Ketamine Infusion Therapy cost?

At this time, Ketamine Infusion Therapy for pain management is not covered by most insurances.  CapRock Health offers several payment options, depending on the number of infusions necessary.  Please see the cost structure below or call (Mon-Fri, 9AM – 5PM) 979.314.2323 (option 5) for more information on available payment options.  

CapRock Health Physician [1] Total
Single Infusion – Initial Treatment $ 400 $ 100 $ 500
Single Infusion – Follow Up $ 400 $ 50 $ 450
Bundle – Four Sessions [2] $ 1,300 (18% savings) $ 220 $ 1,520
Bundle – Six Sessions [3] $ 1,800 (25% savings) $ 270 $ 2,070

[1] Like most physicians in a hospital, KIT physicians at CapRock who care for patients are not employees of CapRock. They have their own practices and provide services to patients in the hospital, but are not paid by the hospital.
[2] $380 per infusion – an 18% discount from a series of four single infusions. See “Four Session Bundle Payment Plan” for payment options.
[3] $345 per infusion – a 25% discount from a series of six single infusions See “Six Session Bundle Payment Plan” for payment options.

Four Session Bundle Payment Plan
CapRock Health [1] Physician [2] Total
Month 1 $ 400 $ 220 $ 620
Month 2 $ 300 $ – $ 300
Month 3 $ 300 $ – $ 300
Month 4 $ 300 $ – $ 300

[1] The traditional payment method of the hospital is to charge the full initial infusion price up front and a discounted price over the subsequent months until paid in full.
[2] CapRock Health doesn’t control the payment plan pricing for the Physician. Unless otherwise noted, the Physician will charge the full Physician price at the time of service. For any questions, please ask your doctor.

Six Session Bundle Payment Plan
CapRock Health [1] Physician [2] Total
Month 1 $ 400 $ 270 $ 670
Month 2 $ 280 $ – $ 280
Month 3 $ 280 $ – $ 280
Month 4 $ 280 $ – $ 280
Month 5 $ 280 $ – $ 280
Month 6 $ 280 $ – $ 280

[1] The traditional payment method of the hospital is to charge the full initial infusion price up front and a discounted price over the subsequent months until paid in full.
[2] CapRock Health doesn’t control the payment plan pricing for the Physician. Unless otherwise noted, the Physician will charge the full Physician price at the time of service. For any questions, please ask your doctor.


How do I schedule a Ketamine Therapy Infusion?

Once our physician has determined that you are a candidate for Ketamine Infusion Therapy, you will come to our hospital as an outpatient to receive the infusion.  Since CapRock Hospital is open 24 hours a day, we can plan your therapy around your schedule. While our infusion times are flexible, it is necessary to schedule in advance to ensure we are prepared for your treatment regimen.  To schedule your infusion, please call 979.314.2323 (option 1).


What do I need to do to prepare for a Ketamine Infusion?

In order to receive your infusion in a safe manner, we ask that you do not eat anything for at least 6 hours prior to your infusion. You may drink clear liquids up to 2 hours prior to your scheduled time of infusion. You may take your medications with a sip of water at any time.

For your safety, you may not drive for at least 12 hours after the completion of your Ketamine infusion.  Thus, in order to receive your infusion, you must have a known driver capable of getting you home safely.

Your infusion will be provided in a comfortable private room.  Please feel free to dress casually, bring your favorite reading material, or bring anything else that will assist you in reaching a calm and relaxed state.  Senses will be heightened during and post-infusion, especially visual and auditory.  To help you achieve optimal results, we offer a calm and relaxing environment to decrease sensory overload during your infusion.  We highly recommend refraining from television, phone calls, texting, and playing games.  This time should be quiet and tranquil for you. 


For any additional answers to your Ketamine Infusion Therapy questions not listed, please contact us at 979.314.2323 (option 1).