With the 2005 opening of the second Gamma Knife radiosurgery center in North Carolina, it has truly set apart the neurosurgical services provided at Vidant Medical Center compared to other hospitals in the region. The addition of Leksell Gamma Knife® technology allows for precise and minimally invasive treatment of certain brain disorders offering new hope for patients with brain lesions that were once considered inoperable. The use of Gamma Knife alleviates much of the pain, scarring and long recovery time associated with conventional open-brain surgery.
Gamma Knife gives surgeons the ability to treat abnormalities in the brain effectively without picking up a scalpel. Through stereotactic radiosurgery, physicians can ablate, or destroy, intracranial lesions by focusing multiple gamma rays on a precisely defined target. The technique, which has been perfected over the past two decades, carries little risk of surgical complications. Because there is no incision in the scalp or skull, there is usually no need for general anesthesia. In most cases, patients experience little pain and are back on their feet within hours. Most people return to their normal routines within 24 hours.
Gamma Knife is a primary alternative to conventional neurosurgery and radiation therapy for abnormal masses of blood vessels called arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) that develop in the brain as well as benign and malignant tumors. It is also an effective treatment for facial pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia. The non-invasive Gamma Knife procedure is especially useful for patients who are not good candidates for standard surgical techniques because of illness or advanced age. In many cases, the location or nature of the lesion makes Gamma Knife the only feasible treatment. The technique can also be used as an additional therapy when surgery and other treatments are not completely successful.
Conditions and diseases treated with Gamma Knife
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