Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center
Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. We strive to deliver high quality, cost effective healthcare in the communities we serve.

A Look at Gamma Knife Technology


In many cases, it is extremely difficult or even impossible to remove brain tumors that are very deep-seated or located too closely to the sensitive areas of the brain’s vital tissue. When tumors such as these occur, the Gamma Knife can be the best possible treatment. Gamma Knife technology does not actually involve any knives or incisions at all—it is a medical device that utilizes precisely aimed beams of radiation to shrink or eliminate brain tumors. Since there is no incision needed, the brain is not exposed to the outside air, eliminating the complications that accompany traditional open surgery.

To find the precise target for the 201 beams of gamma radiation, a titanium imaging frame is fixed to the patient’s skull. Once the frame has been attached, an MRI or CT scan is utilized to image the patient’s brain, allowing the specialists to develop a personalized treatment plan. The beams of radiation are then specifically positioned so that they are directly focused on the area of the brain that is in need of treatment.

Gamma Knife technology can be used to treat the following disorders:

· Brain tumors (benign or malignant)

· Essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease

· Brain lesions

· Vascular malformations

· Movement disorders

· Trigeminal neuralgia

Gamma Knife precision minimizes radiation damage to the surrounding tissue. There is little or no discomfort associated with this procedure and the recovery time is brief. Without the need for incisions, the risk for bleeding and infection is generally eliminated.

Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center’s NeuroScience Gamma Knife Center is now in its fifth year of providing our community with the non-invasive treatment made available through the Gamma Knife technology and the expertise of our physicians. If you would like to learn more about this technology or its capabilities, please visit our website or contact us at (805) 497-2727.

What is Cardiac Catheterization?

Heart Stents

Cardiac catheterization, also called coronary angiogram, is a screening process that is used to check the functioning of a patient’s heart and coronary arteries (the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the heart muscle). The test is typically performed to check the blood flow and blood pressure in the chambers of the heart and in the coronary arteries. Based on this information, a physician can tell if his or her patient is afflicted with coronary artery disease (CAD) and can determine whether or not the arteries need to be opened through surgery or stenting.

To perform the procedure, the patient is sedated but conscious. A needle is inserted into an artery located at either the patient’s arm or groin. A wire is passed through this needle and into the blood vessel, where it is guided into the heart using x-ray imaging. A soft, flexible tube (catheter) is then slipped over the wire and also threaded up to the heart. Once in place, the catheter can be used to take measurements of the blood pressure in each chamber and to draw blood samples. The physician may also place a stent if he or she finds an area in the patient’s arteries that may be narrow or partially obstructed.

Cardiac catheterization can also be used to check the pumping action of the heart or to check blood flow through the heart after surgery. This procedure can be useful in checking for proper heart valve function and in determining if a patient has a congenital heart defect and how severe it may be, or even to correct a defect.

For over forty years, the Heart Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center has provided the Thousand Oaks community with high-quality cardiac care. In addition to cardiac catheterization, our hospital offers the full range of cardiac diagnostic and treatment options. Learn more about us and our services by visiting our website or contacting our staff at (805) 497-2727.

Happy New Year!

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Hands Can Do Incredible Things

Learning the simple steps involved in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can save the life of someone experiencing a medical emergency.  In this video, you can learn more about what your hands and quick action can do for someone in need.

If you or a loved one is ever a victim of an emergency illness or injury, make Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center’s Emergency Medicine and Trauma II Center be a part of your emergency medical plan.  We provide quality emergency care for our community of Thousand Oaks, California 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Learn more about us by contacting us at (805) 497-2727.

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