The Leksell Gamma Knife® is a form of stereotactic radiosurgery that treats problems like trigeminal neuralgia and tumors using highly focused radiation. The surgeons at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine are experts in using Gamma Knife technology. With this cutting-edge approach, they can address painful and disabling neurological conditions without the need for invasive procedures. The practice has nine locations in Colorado, including Lone Tree, Englewood, Castle Rock, Denver, Wheat Ridge, Colorado Springs, Parker, Yuma, and Lamar. To schedule a consultation, call CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine.
Gamma Knife is a form of radiation therapy known as stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). There are no incisions with SRS as there would be regular surgery; instead, the Gamma Knife uses beams of radiation.
The device focuses 200 tiny beams onto a target area with extraordinary precision, which means healthy tissues don't absorb harmful radiation during your treatment.
Each ray of radiation has minimal effect on the tissue, but as the beams come together, they deliver the optimal dose.
Gamma Knife SRS is a useful alternative to surgery when you have a brain abnormality in an inaccessible position. Some of the conditions Gamma Knife SRS can treat include:
Gamma Knife is useful for both cancerous and non-cancerous small brain tumors.
AVMs are abnormal veins and arteries in your brain that cause blood to bypass smaller vessels. AVMs can cause bleeding in the brain and stroke.
Trigeminal neuralgia affects primary nerves in your face, causing sudden attacks of severe facial pain.
An acoustic neuroma is a non-cancerous tumor on the nerve controlling hearing and balance in your inner ear.
The pituitary gland at the base of your brain regulates essential hormones, a function that a tumor can disrupt.
You could be a candidate for Gamma Knife radiosurgery if you're not well enough to undergo traditional neurosurgery or if you'd prefer to have a less invasive treatment.
Gamma Knife radiosurgery could also be safer for you. The CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine team doesn't need to make an incision in your scalp or open up your skull and the membranes surrounding your brain. Nor do they need to dissect any brain tissue.
For the Gamma Knife procedure, you lie on a special bed with a head frame. The bed goes into the Gamma Knife machine, and the bracket attaches to a helmet inside, holding your head securely in position.
As the procedure begins, you won't hear any noise or feel the radiation, and the process shouldn't be painful. You can communicate with the CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine team using a microphone if you have any problems.
Most patients have Gamma Knife radiosurgery as an outpatient, but sometimes an overnight hospital stay might be necessary.
For expert treatment using Gamma Knife radiosurgery, call CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine to make an appointment.