What is Stereotactic Radiosurgery Used For?

Being diagnosed with a brain tumor is one of the most frightening pieces of news you can get from your doctor. You will certainly have a lot of questions. The experts at Nucleus Medical Media have put together this informative presentation to help people in this situation. Be sure to watch to learn more, and read on for more information.

What is Stereotactic Radiosurgery? Stereotactic Radiosurgery is done using an advanced medical apparatus known as a gamma knife. This device is used to target and kill tumors in the brain with computer-guided precision.

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The type of radiation used does not harm healthy brain tissue. The computer-guided targeting plan ensures that only the tumor is hit by the radiation. The gamma knife disrupts the life process of the tumor itself while leaving healthy nervous tissue unharmed. After the procedure, the tumor will slowly shut down and die.

After that, there is a recovery period during which the tumor dies and the brain tissue reorganizes itself to restore lost functionality. During the procedure, the patient is anesthetized and immobilized. This ensures that the gamma knife will be able to work accurately. The patient can expect to experience no pain during the operation. The procedure may take a few minutes, up to an hour or more, depending on the location and size of the tumor.

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