Gamma Knife Surgery
The Stereotactic Radiosurgery Department at Northern Westchester Hospital provides world-class care using the latest in medical technologies. We're proud to offer Gamma Knife Surgery - a non-invasive treatment for patients with certain types of brain tumors, injuries, and diseases, including some forms of cancer.
Call us at 914.242.8113 to schedule a consultation with a Gamma Knife Surgery specialist.
What is Gamma Knife Radiosurgery?
Gamma Knife Radiosurgery does not actually involve a knife. Rather, it’s a highly sophisticated delivery system for high doses of concentrated, therapeutic radiation. It allows your surgeon to send precise beams of highly-focused gamma x-ray rays deep inside the tumor or treatment area. The radiation distorts the DNA within the diseased cells - this blocks the growth of abnormal cells, and allows healthy cells to grow back over time.
Despite being called surgery, Gamma Knife procedures are actually very different from traditional surgical treatments - there is no incision, no need for general anesthesia, and patients remain conscious..
Our team of stereotactic neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, and registered nurses work together to calculate the precise placement of the gamma ray beams, the strength of the radiation, and the number of exposures needed for each patient.
Gamma Knife Surgery offers results that are often similar or significantly better than traditional, open surgery in a single, short treatment session. Depending on your specific medical condition and needs, you may be able to have your Gamma Knife procedure on an outpatient basis.
Conditions Treated with Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
At Northern Westchester Hospital, we're using Gamma Knife Surgery to treat patients with diseases and conditions that cannot be resolved using traditional surgical techniques, including:
- Cancer that has spread to the brain (brain metastasis)
- Cancer that originated in the brain (primary brain cancer)
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Acoustic Neuromas, Pituitary Adenomas, and other benign brain tumors
- Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
Advantages of Gamma Knife Surgery
When compared to traditional treatment options like open surgery or radiation treatments delivered over a number of sessions, Gamma Knife Surgery offers a number of advantages:
- Radiosurgery eliminates the risk of surgical infections, scarring, and bleeding because there is no incision
- Gamma Knife procedures are performed using only local anesthesia and light sedation
- Most treatments are completed in a single, outpatient session lasting approximately one to four hours
- Focused radiation is delivered only to the treatment site, leaving the surrounding healthy tissue untouched
- Patients can communicate with the Gamma Knife surgeon and surgical team during the procedure through an intercom and live video feed
- Treatments are quite and painless
To learn more about Gamma Knife Surgery call us at 914.242.8113.