Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
Every day, nearly 200 people hear the words, “It’s a brain tumor,” for the first time. Moments after their devastating diagnosis, those people must suddenly start considering the frightening prospect of open-brain surgery and other high-risk procedures. But with a treatment plan that includes Gamma Knife technology, the road to recovery can become a little less scary.
St. Vincent’s is proud to be home to Northeast Florida’s first Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ and the region’s only Gamma Knife treatment. This minimally invasive treatment option utilizes a sophisticated device to treat malignant and benign brain tumors and other vascular disorders in a single day’s visit. Gamma Knife Perfexion is also an excellent treatment for trigeminal neuralgia, an excruciating and incapacitating form of facial pain.
Contrary to its name, the Gamma Knife procedure doesn’t actually use a knife at all. Instead, a neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist deliver 192 finely focused gamma radiation beams to small targets in the brain.
Gamma Knife Makes a Difference for You
Gamma Knife Perfexion presents a world’s worth of difference for you. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that’s completed in one visit, which means in most cases you’ll spend less time at the hospital. There’s no general anesthesia administered, minimal pain and scarring and you lose no blood, all of which can add up to a quicker recovery.