How the Gamma Knife Can Facilitate Treatment Where Conventional Surgery Is Not Possible

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When illness strikes the brain, surgery is not always an option. Often, conventional surgery is simply too risky, or patients may not be well enough to have general anesthesia. The Gamma Knife gives new hope to these patients. At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center , we rely on the Gamma Knife to treat a range of brain conditions. Here’s what you need to know about this revolutionary treatment and the promise it provides to patients with brain disorders.

What Is the Gamma Knife?

The Gamma Knife is a type of radiosurgery that requires no incisions. In fact, the “knife” in question is really made up of laser beams that can precisely target regions of the brain. Because the Gamma Knife is non-invasive, general anesthesia is not required. Often, the procedure can be performed at a hospital on an outpatient basis, though sometimes an overnight hospital stay is required. 

What Can the Gamma Knife Treat?

Many different conditions can be treated using the Gamma Knife. Benign and malignant brain tumors, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Essential Tremor, and arterial venous malformation (AVM) are some of the issues we address most often with the Gamma Knife, but it can provide relief for many different movement and functional brain disorders.

What Are the Benefits of the Gamma Knife?

The most significant advantage of the Gamma Knife is that it can be used even when conventional surgery is not possible. It’s an ideal procedure for people who can’t have general anesthesia, and it also allows doctors to treat very sensitive areas of the brain without any risk to surrounding healthy brain tissue. Gamma Knife treatment can also be repeated multiple times, unlike conventional surgery.

Is Gamma Knife treatment right for you? Make an appointment with a physician at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center for a consultation to learn more. Our Thousand Oaks hospital also offers a range of other services, including cardiology and an emergency room. For more information about the Gamma Knife and other services, call (805) 497-2727. 

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