Gamma Knife Surgery

Gamma Knife Surgery

Westchester Medical Center's brain tumor practice is one of a very small group of hospitals in Westchester County, New York City and the Hudson Valley region to offer gamma knife radiosurgery, a non-invasive alternative to traditional brain surgery.   The gamma knife is not a knife at all but a highly sophisticated device that focuses high-energy  gamma radiation  on tumors in the brain.

Gamma knife surgery is considered  to be the gold standard of treatment for a broad spectrum of brain lesions.  The gamma rays can pinpoint and remove malignancies deep within the brain and brain cells with effective radiation dosage, reducing unnecessary exposure, while improving the accuracy of treatment.  Westchester Medical Center employs gamma knife surgical services for the treatment of a range of hard-to-reach brain tumors--both benign and malignant.

Advantages of Gamma  Knife Radiosurgery 

  • It is a non-invasive  treatment  that requires no incision.
  • It is performed  under local anesthesia  with mild sedation.
  • It eliminates  risks of infection  and adverse  reactions to general anesthesia.
  • It is typically an outpatient  procedure  with fewer complications than traditional  surgery.
  • It allows patients  to leave the hospital within 24 hours, often without an overnight stay.
  • Treatments affect only the targeted tissue, sparing surrounding  brain tissue.
  • It can be applied to brain tumors and blood vessel malformations.
  • It allows the patient and surgeon to communicate  freely during the procedure.
  • It is approved  by the FDA to treat brain metastases.
  • It can be used to treat inoperable  tumors.
  • It allows patients  to return to regular day-to-day activities within days, requiring  little or no rehabilitative services.
  • More than 3,000 peer-review  clinical articles support  its use.
  • More than 600,000 people have undergone  treatment  worldwide,  with an average  of over 60,000 people a year.

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To speak to someone about brain tumor services at Westchester Medical Center, please call (914) 948-6688. Our offices are located at 19 Bradhurst Ave, Suite 3050N, Hawthorne, NY