Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Best Determine My Options?

See a specialist who performs a large volume of Gamma Knife treatments. The specialist will be able to advise you on whether the Gamma Knife treatment is right for your particular condition.

What Side Effects are Common?

Some patients experience headaches, skin irritation, nausea, and in superficial lesions, localized loss of hair and mild scalp numbness may occur. Patients who have had large tumors or AVMs are sometimes prescribed medications to control swelling.

Is Gamma Knife treatment covered by most health insurance plans?

Gamma Knife treatment is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare, managed care plans and indemnity plans. It generally costs less than conventional brain surgery because the treatment time and hospital stay are shorter. Our staff will help you obtain authorization from your insurance provider for treatment.

Will I feel anything during the procedure?

The procedure is completely painless. Some patients may experience mild discomfort due to the placement of the head frame. A local anesthetic and, occasionally, a mild sedative may be administered to help you relax.

Does the radiosurgery work immediately?

This depends on what we are treating. It may take months for you to notice results. During this time, you may still experience symptoms you had prior to treatment.

How long will the treatment take?

This will not be determined until after the planning has been created by physicians following your MRI. We will inform you of the treatment time once this has been complete.

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