The Gamma Knife procedure is described below along with expectations for before, during and after the Gamma Knife procedure.You can also watch videos showing the procedure and hearing patient testimonials or download a brochure from the MUSC Gamma Knife Center.
Before the Gamma Knife ProcedureEach case is reviewed by the MUSC Gamma Knife team before treatment recommendations are discussed with the patient, family and referring physician. When agreement is reached, treatment can be scheduled. An MUSC physician will discuss the entire Gamma Knife procedure with each patient.
Gamma Knife surgery in non-invasive and does not require an incision or shaving hair. The first step in preparation is to fit the patient into the head frame. This holds the patient's head completely still while the tumor or other abnormality is precisely imaged and mapped using MRI, CT and other imaging technology. Images are downloaded to an advanced 3-D modeling simulator to complete the treatment plan.
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During the Gamma Knife ProcedureOnce the imaging data and treatment plan are programmed into the Gamma Knife, the procedure is automated. Most patients complete the whole Gamma Knife treatment process in a few hours.
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After the Gamma Knife ProcedureAfter the headframe is removed, patients generally stay in the recovery area for a short observation before returning home. The Gamma Knife headframe attachment points require four small bandages, but otherwise, there’s no sign that the patient has undergone neurosurgery. Patients typically can resume normal activities the following day.
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