Regarded as the "gold standard" for
intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery.
If you or someone you know have been diagnosed with a brain disorder or metastases, then Gamma Knife radiosurgery is the right choice. Although it’s called Gamma Knife, there is no knife or blood involved. Instead, it's a radiosurgical procedure that delivers a dose of gamma radiation to the target with surgical precision and is the most accepted and widely used radiosurgery treatment in the world. Gamma Knife radiosurgery has been used for decades to treat brain tumors and brain disorders. Thanks to constant advancements in technology, it remains the #1 choice of neurosurgeons worldwide. In fact, approximately half a million people have been treated with Gamma Knife. Gamma Knife is a very precise and effective instrument that uses radiation to treat the brain and is often called radiosurgery. Using this method, doctors are able to focus radiation directly, and very precisely, on the target in the brain without affecting surrounding healthy tissue. Gamma Knife surgery is known as “the Gold standard" of care for brain tumors for its indications. In the last five years, the number of patients treated per year has increased by 300%. Gamma Knife surgery is an alternative or can be complementary to open surgery. The procedure is normally performed by a neurosurgeon accompanied by a radiation oncologist and medical physicist. Gamma Knife provides lower complication rates than open surgery. Both mortality and morbidity rates are lower. Since no incision is made, the risk of surgical complications is very low. The patient’s head does not have to be shaved and side effects are few. Treatment is much shorter than conventional surgery and causes only minor discomfort. Also, the patient can leave the day of surgery or stay overnight for observation, compared with several weeks for traditional surgery. The treatment is complete in one session and seldom takes more than a few hours. The full effects of Gamma Knife radiosurgery may be realized over the course of several months following treatment.