It’s normal to have questions about the Gamma Knife procedure for brain conditions, tumors and other treatable conditions.
What is Gamma Knife?
What are the conditions treated with Gamma Knife?
Gamma Knife is used to treat brain disorders including:
- Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
- Essential tremor or tremor caused by Parkinson’s disease
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Benign and malignant (cancerous) brain tumors including:
- Acoustic neuroma
- Metastases (cancers that have spread to the brain)
- Pituitary adenomas
Highly proven Gamma Knife brain radiosurgery has helped more than a million patients around the world. Gamma Knife:
- Offers hope for those who wish to avoid risks or are not good surgical candidates for traditional open-skull surgery
- Can be used in place of or in addition to open-skull brain surgery or whole brain radiation, depending on the diagnosis
Are there side effects to the Gamma Knife procedure?
Our patients rarely report any side effects from Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Here are a few minor side effects that may occur:
- You may experience some swelling above your eyes within 48 hours of the procedure. This is due to the local anesthetic used to numb your forehead for pin placement
- Some patients experience tingling or temporary scalp numbness above the pin sites
- A tension-like headache is typical for two to four days after treatment
- Some patients report no side effects at all
Will my insurance cover Gamma Knife Treatment?
How much time will I need to take off from work to recover?
Are there any dietary restrictions with Gamma Knife treatment?
I admit it — I have a fear of Gamma Knife. What are the risks?
For additional information on Gamma Knife and the conditions it treats, visit these helpful online resources. If you have any questions about treatment at South Sound Gamma Knife, call 866.254.3353.
National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health
Elekta, manufacturer of the Icon® Gamma Knife answers frequently asked questions about radiosurgery