If you're facing brain surgery, you might have another option.
Gamma Knife radiosurgery uses focused radiation to target brain and pituitary tumors, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), acoustic neuromas and other conditions. When traditional brain surgery can't help or fails, Gamma Knife is the treatment of choice.
Without a scalpel or knife, Gamma Knife radiosurgery delivers radiation more accurately than conventional radiation therapy. It creates high-energy beams of radiation strong enough to deactivate even some of the most aggressive tumors.
Conditions We Treat
Benefits & Safety
Gamma Knife VS. Traditional Surgery
Avoid these risks of traditional brain surgery:
- Long hospital stays
- Lengthy rehabilitation
- Damage to healthy brain tissue
- Surgical complications, like hemorrhage, infection and cerebral spinal fluid leak
- General anesthesia dangers
- Other physical trauma and disruption of normal brain function
Many insurance plans cover Gamma Knife treatment.
A Patient's Journey to be Cancer-Free
Carolyn Blackwell-Stark tells the story of her 11 year journey with reoccurring melanoma and why she chose UVA for continued care. Her neuroimaging results made her a prime candidate for the gamma knife procedure. View Carolyn's story transcript.