Benefits of Gamma Knife

Gamma_Knife_Radiosurgery.jpgWhen you’re facing brain surgery, you want a treatment option with low risk and a high rate of success. Gamma Knife surgery is just such an option, providing an alternative to surgery and other less-effective radiation therapies. After thousands of studies, this noninvasive procedure is considered the gold standard treatment for trigeminal neuralgia, metastatic and benign brain tumors, acoustic neuroma, and arteriovenous malformations.

Gamma Knife treatment is successful in 70 to 90 percent of all cases, providing the best outcomes of all available treatment options.

Since its introduction to the U.S. in 1987, Gamma Knife surgery has become a safer, more accurate alternative for patients with brain tumors and vascular malformations who were once treated with open surgery. The Gamma Knife is designed specifically to treat brain disorders and it is sometimes the only option for those whose hard-to-reach tumors were once considered inoperable.

Gamma Knife surgery offers the following benefits:

  • Extreme Precision: Allows a powerful dose of radiation to be delivered with no or minimal damage to healthy surrounding tissue and structures.
  • No Incision: Results in fewer complications such as bleeding, infection, or cerebrospinal fluid leakage.
  • Painless: Requires no general anesthesia, eliminating the related potential side effects.
  • One-Time Treatment: Performed in a single session, often on an outpatient basis and only occasionally requiring an overnight stay.
  • No Down Time: Patients can return to their normal activities almost immediately, with no rehabilitation necessary.
  • Low Cost: Covered by most insurance plans and costs much less than traditional treatments.

 

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