Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
In April 2012, John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center will add the most advanced Gamma Knife radiosurgery to its state-of-the-art radiation oncology department. This radiosurgical treatment offers non-invasive brain surgery to treat conditions that previously were considered inaccessible or inoperable and give patients the ability to return home the same day as surgery.
Gamma Knife is not a knife at all, and no incisions are made. Gamma Knife offers so-called “bloodless surgery” for previously untreatable deep-seated intracranial tumors, vascular malformations, and functional disorders. Its highly focused beams of gamma radiation offer the precision of surgery, without a scalpel and without the usual risks of surgery or an incision. In fact, most cases are actually treated in the outpatient setting; allowing the patient to go home that same day.
The alternative to treatment is traditional surgery, which involves certain risks and complications. In many cases, it is impossible to surgically treat tumors that are deep-seated or situated close to sensitive parts of the brain such as the spinal cord or the visual and auditory cortexes. Patients must often remain in the hospital for up to 3 weeks after surgery and full recovery is not seen for months.
For more information about Gamma Knife at John Theurer Cancer Center, call 201-996-5900 or click here to make an appointment.
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