The Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Center
About the GSH Gamma Knife
Gamma Knife: On Target Treatment
Backed by more than four decades of unparalleled research, Gamma Knife
radiosurgery has become the primary tried and tested alternative for conventional
brain surgery. Since first established at Good Samaritan Hospital, Gamma
Knife Center experts have
treated thousands of cases, establishing them as a leader Gamma Knife Radiosurgery.
The Gamma Knife Center at Good Samaritan Hospital is also one of a few
facilities on the West Coast with an updated Gamma Knife stereotactic
surgery unit, model 'C". The model 'C' unit uses the
latest technology to administer gamma radiation to treat
arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), facial pain, and other
functional brain disorders.
Gamma Knife radiosurgery is performed by
a highly skilled, multidisciplinary team that includes a neurosurgeon, a radiation oncologist, and a radiation
physicist - all with expertise in the use of the Gamma Knife.
After two decades of research, no other neurosurgical tool has shown results
as impressive as the Gamma Knife. Following treatment, the majority of
brain tumors disappear or stop growing over time. Usually, after one year,
40 percent of AVMs are cured, increasing to 80 percent two years after
treatment. More than 150,000 patients have been treated world-wide with
no mortality and minimal morbidity reported.
Advantages of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
Gamma Knife radiosurgery gives patients a non-surgical alternative for
treating brain tumors and other brain abnormalities. Gamma Knife treatments
can also be used to complement open surgery or other forms of radiation
Gamma Knife radiosurgery has sub millimeter accuracy. Actually, the Gamma
Knife is not a knife at all. It is a 20-ton medical instrument that emits
201 finely focused beams of gamma radiation. These beams simultaneously
intersect at the precise location of the brain disorder and treat the
area with minimal effect on surrounding normal tissue - there are no incisions,
little pain and little risk of complications.
There are many benefits as a result of the noninvasive nature of Gamma
Knife radiosurgery. Complications are less likely to occur when using
Gamma Knife surgery, as opposed to traditional interventions. Gamma Knife
radiosurgery virtually eliminates any risk of hemorrhage or infection,
and poses minimal risk of damage to other vital structures. This procedure
also uses local anesthesia and mild sedation, eliminating side effects
and risk of general anesthesia.
The GSH Gamma Knife Program has over 14 years of experience and over 2200
patients have undergone Gamma Knife radiosurgery at Good Samaritan Hospital.
The recent upgrade of the Good Samaritan Gamma Knife unit and the renovation
of the clinical area serve to demonstrate the Center's commitment
to providing the latest in technological advancements in an environment
that is both comfortable and relaxing. The technology offered by the Gamma
Knife greatly enhances Good Samaritan Hospital's ability to provide
the full range of advanced neurosurgical care. Gamma Knife radiosurgery
allows Good Samaritan experts to treat lesions that were previously inaccessible
or treated unsuccessfully by conventional surgery, chemotherapy or radiation
therapy - providing hope to patients who may have few viable options.
With thousands of cases completed, Good Samaritan Hospital Gamma Knife
experts understand that few ailments spark as much fear as those affecting
the brain. The Hospital's Gamma Knife team helps patients rest easier
knowing that the unique expertise of the Center translates into an opportunity
for a quicker return to normal activities with a treatment that's
right on target.