The Gamma Knife is actually not a knife at all but is a remarkable device that treats abnormal areas of the brain without making a single incision. It uses precisely focused ionizing radiation in a single treatment session. Recovery time is short and in most cases, patients return to normal activities within a few days.
The Gamma Knife has a proven record in the treatment of brain metastases, achieving tumor control in 92% of cases. The Gamma Knife also allows UAMS doctors to treat tumors that were previously considered inoperable because of location, a patient’s age or medical condition.
With the Gamma Knife, there is no incision and the actual treatment is painless. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia with mild sedation. Patients are typically treated and discharged after a one-day hospital stay and can return to work, school and their pre-surgery lifestyle within 24 – 48 hours.
Gamma Knife Benefits
- Noninvasive surgery
- One treatment visit
- One-day hospital stay and return to work within 24-48 hours
- Very low morbidity