Gamma Knife is not traditional surgery that requires an incision. It is a non-invasive procedure that uses high-intensity radiation. Gamma Knife treatment provides an alternative to surgery and other less-effective radiation therapies for trigeminal neuralgia, metastatic and benign brain tumors, acoustic neuroma, and arteriovenous malformations.
With a success rate of up to 100% for many conditions, Gamma Knife surgery provides the best outcomes of all available treatment options for qualifying patients. Yet many patients are not offered this benefit or are told that other radiation therapies are equivalent.
Depending on the specifics of your condition, you may or may not be an option for Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Other options that may be recommended are traditional surgery, radiation with a machine called a linear accelerator, or Cyberknife. While some of these alternatives may be touted as equal to or even the same thing as Gamma Knife, there are distinct differences and more than 300 research studies have established Gamma Knife as the gold standard treatment in qualifying cases. You can download this guide to compare the various radiation therapies available.
If you are interested in learning whether Gamma Knife is an option you should consider, we can help. Here are some next steps to consider:
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