Because no incisions are required, the radiosurgery used at Rocky Mountain Gamma Knife Center comes with much less risk than traditional brain surgery. Although uncommon, traditional brain tumor surgery can lead to bleeding, infection and adverse reactions to general anesthesia. These are not risks associated with Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. Gamma Knife Radiosurgery does have some side effects you’ll want to be aware of so you know what to expect and can alert your physician to anything out of the ordinary.
Rocky Mountain Gamma Knife Center patients go home the same day as their Gamma Knife treatment. The most commonly reported side effects are mild and short-lived. They usually clear up within a few days of the procedure and can include:
Other short-term side effects that are uncommon but still possible include:
It’s possible, although rare, to experience side effects from treatment with Gamma Knife well after the procedure. Delayed side effects can include:
Complications arising from Gamma Knife Radiosurgery are rare, but call your Rocky Mountain Gamma Knife Center doctor if you have:
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