This 2 minute video will help you understand how a Gamma Knife works. If you have any questions about how your insurance might cover the procedure please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 509 443-5416.
When you’re facing brain surgery, you want a treatment option with low risk and a high rate of success. Gamma Knife surgery is just such an option, providing an alternative to surgery and other less-effective radiation therapies. After thousands of studies, this noninvasive procedure is considered the gold standard treatment for trigeminal neuralgia, metastatic and benign brain tumors, acoustic neuroma, and arteriovenous malformations.
Gamma Knife treatment is successful in 70 to 90 percent of all cases, providing the best outcomes of all available treatment options.
Since its introduction to the U.S. in 1987, Gamma Knife surgery has become a safer, more accurate alternative for patients with brain tumors and vascular malformations who were once treated with open surgery. The procedure is designed specifically to treat brain disorders and it is sometimes the only option for those whose hard-to-reach tumors were once considered inoperable.
Gamma Knife surgery offers the following benefits:
Gamma Knifes are extremely precise. This allows a powerful dose of radiation to be delivered with no or minimal damage to healthy surrounding tissue and structures.
The procedure require no incisions. This results in fewer complications such as bleeding, infection, or cerebrospinal fluid leakage.
Gamma Knifes are painless. They don’t require anesthesia, eliminating the related potential side effects. The procedure is painless and performed on an outpatient basis.
Patients can return to their normal activities almost immediately after the Gamma Knife procedure, with no rehabilitation necessary.
Low Cost: Gamma Knifes procedures are covered by most insurance plans and costs much less than traditional treatments.
We are fortunate to have this powerful tool in Spokane. Spokane Gamma Knife is a great resource for more information.