The gamma-knife radiosurgery treatmentcan be used for treating conditions like tumors or cancer in the brain, arteriovenous malformations or AVM which is a defective blood vessel condition, acoustic neuroma, and trigeminal neuralgia. It is worthy to note here that though thegamma knife surgeryis widely used in the treatment of these conditions, it is not limited to them only. Yourneurologistmay also recommend the treatment for rigidity and tremors that are characteristic of Parkinson's Disease, chronic pain in the myofascial regions and epilepsy. But it is not recommended for those women who are willing to be pregnant within a short while or are already pregnant as the highly concentrated radiation may cause birth defects of the unborn child. It is important to consult with a neurologist to know about the possible risks and side effects of thegamma knife procedure.It may include a headache, nausea, swelling of certain parts of the brain and numbness. Considering the precise location of treatment and the size of the area, you may also experience temporary hair loss, weakness, seizures, vision and physical balance problems. There could also be other risks that are unique to your treatment. Your neurologist would educate you about the various aspects of the gamma knife radiosurgery treatment and perform a comprehensive physical examination to ensure that you are fit for the treatment. Depending on the severity of the condition, the processmay last from a few minutes to some hours altogether.
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