Thursday, February 21, 2013
What is "Gamma Knife" surgery?
If you’re like me, you’re heard a lot about Gamma Knife Surgery, but really have no idea what it is. This article, posted on the It’s Just Benign website does a cracking good job of explaining what Gamma Knife Surgery is.
The article is written by Nitesh V. Patel, B.A., and Shabbar F. Danish, M.D., Division of Neurosurgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
According to the article “Gamma Knife surgery (GKS) represents a type of knife-less non-invasive surgery that serves as an alternative to traditional surgery. It is categorized as stereotactic radiosurgery since it involves both 3-dimensional (3D) images and single-session radiation therapy. GKS has fewer risks when compared to conventional surgical options, such as open-skull brain surgery. There is no risk of infection, bleeding, stroke, or seizures because there are no incisions or manipulation of the brain.”
Here’s a like to the reader-friendly article: http://www.itsjustbenign.org/page/doctors-corner
PS – I don’t have any pictures of the Gamma Knife machine at work (or at rest). If you do, send them to me and I’ll add them to this posting.