Gamma Knife radiation is a type of treatment that delivers thin beams of gamma rays, or high-energy radiation, to the brain. Despite its name, Gamma Knife radiation does not involve traditional surgery techniques or the use of an actual knife. Instead, gamma rays are emitted from various locations outside of the head and combine to produce an intense dose of radiation to target lesions in the brain, without relying on surgical incisions. Depending on the case, the strength, angles, location and number of times the beams are discharged will vary. Designed to specifically treat brain conditions, this method of treatment has the greatest precision of any radiosurgery method to date and has therefore, become a widely used and reliable form of therapy.
The Gamma Knife radiation procedure helps to heal or slow various brain disorders including:
It’s important to follow all the directions from your healthcare provider to ensure the process runs smoothly. Here is a brief look at what you can expect from the Gamma Knife radiation procedure:
The Gamma Knife radiation technique can be an effective solution for patients with brain lesions that cannot be treated or resolved through standard surgery techniques. Since the results take time, this type of treatment should not be considered for conditions that require immediate attention. However, it can be used in conjunction with traditional surgery to prevent certain diagnoses from progressing. There are additional benefits of Gamma Knife radiation, such as:
Consult Dr. Adam Lewis at Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic to learn if this high precision treatment is right for you. Dr. Lewis has trained with some of the pioneers in Gamma Knife radiosurgery and has performed the procedure since 1989. Gamma Knife radiation can be performed on both children and adults who prefer a less invasive treatment option to brain surgery. Our team includes a radiation physicist and a radiation oncologist. We perform the surgeries typically on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The procedure is outpatient and the patients go home the same day.
Contact us today to learn more about Gamma Knife radiation or to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists. We’ll find a solution that works for you! Call us at (601) 366-1011.