What can I expect after Gamma Knife surgery?
Many patients return to work one to two days following Gamma Knife radiosurgery, or you may choose to take it easy for a couple of days. You may experience headache, nausea, fatigue or irritation at the pin sites in the days after the procedure. The pin sites typically heal on their own.
What are long term side effects of Gamma Knife radiation?
Long Term Side Effects
- Swelling of the brain or around the treatment area which usually shows up about 6 months after the surgery. …
- Death of the brain tissues within or near the treatment area. …
- Hair loss, especially if the target area is very close to the scalp.
How long do Gamma Knife side effects last?
Short-Term Side Effects of Gamma Knife Surgery
Rocky Mountain Gamma Knife Center patients go home the same day as their Gamma Knife treatment. The most commonly reported side effects are mild and short-lived. They usually clear up within a few days of the procedure and can include: Fatigue.
Is Gamma Knife surgery painful?
Gamma Knife surgery is a painless computer-guided treatment that delivers highly focused radiation to tumors and lesions in the brain. Gamma Knife surgery is used to treat brain tumors, arteriovenous malformations, trigeminal neuralgia, acoustic neuroma and tremors.
What is the success rate of Gamma Knife surgery?
Gamma Knife radiosurgery is nearly 90 percent successful in killing or shrinking brain tumors or stopping their growth. And it doesn’t hurt or require anesthesia.
How long does fatigue last after gamma knife?
You may find you feel mildly fatigued for a couple of days. However, most patients are back to work and normal activity levels within a day or two. It can be helpful to prepare for a couple of days to recover, even if that just means putting your feet up and taking it easy.
How many times can you have gamma knife treatment?
Gamma Knife can be, and often is, repeated if a doctor determines that multiple sessions are necessary. Sometimes the area to be treated is very large or deep within other structures, and it will take more than a single session to adequately treat the area.
What are the limitations of Gamma Knife surgery?
On the other hand, the limitations of Gamma knife radiosurgery include a difficulty to control large lesions or malignant tumors, a relatively slow treatment effect, a risk of radiation injury to the optic nerve, and a limit of treat-able range.
Do you lose your hair with Gamma Knife?
Gamma Knife treatment has many benefits. It is bloodless, virtually painless, no loss of hair and rapid return to pre-treatment activities.
Who is not a candidate for Gamma Knife surgery?
When Gamma Knife surgery may not be right for you
You may not be a good candidate if: Your brain condition is causing disabling symptoms requiring immediate relief. The effects of Gamma Knife surgery can take several weeks. Your tumor or malformation is larger than 4 to 5 cm.
How long do headaches last after Gamma Knife surgery?
Many people report having mild-to-moderate headaches following their Gamma Knife radiosurgery treatment. This usually goes away within 24 to 48 hours.