Discovering you have a brain tumor can be overwhelming, and it's natural to want the most advanced and effective treatment to eliminate the tumor as soon as possible. One of the options to consider is Gamma Knife® surgery at Swedish Medical Center in South-Metro Denver.
Gamma Knife® surgery delivers doses of pinpointed radiation to treat brain tumors and other neurological disease with minimal damage to normal brain tissue. The most advanced form of stereotactic radiosurgery, Gamma Knife® surgery is often called "knifeless" brain surgery and often provides treatment options for formerly "inoperable" tumors.
Non-invasive Gamma Knife® treatments are completed in a matter of hours as an outpatient procedure. Patients at Swedish generally go home in as soon as four hours and resume normal activities within a few days.
Benefits of Gamma Knife® Surgery
Gamma Knife® Surgery boasts a multitude of benefits for patients:
- Gamma Knife® surgery is a safe, accurate, reliable and non-invasive outpatient procedure.
- Patients experience virtually no pain, discomfort or side effects.
- Lower incidence of postoperative complications, infections and internal hemorrhage.
- Patients are usually discharged within 12 hours, reducing the cost of treatment compared to traditional brain surgery.
- Patients usually return to preoperative lifestyle the day following the procedure.
- Gamma Knife® surgery is covered by Medicare and most insurance providers.
Swedish currently has the newest model of the Leksell Gamma Knife®, the most trusted radiosurgery product in the world with proven results documented in more than 2,000 peer-reviewed published papers.
Conditions We Treat With Gamma Knife® Surgery
Gamma Knife® surgery is used most often to treat intracranial tumors, including AVMs, vestibular schwannomas, meningiomas, pituitary tumors, trigeminal neuralgia and brain metastases. It is also used for vascular treatments, and research is being conducted on other possible uses for Gamma Knife®, such as treating epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and uveal melanoma.
Unique Treatment Option Provided by Swedish Medical Center
Swedish is one of only two locations in Colorado and one of only seven locations in the western United States to offer Gamma Knife® surgery. Neurologists, neurosurgeons and oncologists work together at the Swedish Gamma Knife® Center to treat hundreds of patients suffering from tumors each year.
Our experienced treatment team consists of neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, neurotologists, physicists and registered nurses. This multidisciplinary team of specialists reviews potential patient cases to determine the best course of action. This means a patient has the benefit of the input and experience of multiple experts in treating illnesses, injuries and tumors in the brain.
Neuroscience Center of Excellence & Regional Neurotrauma Referral Center
Swedish Medical Center is a Neuroscience Center of Excellence and the regional referral center for neurotrauma. As the most comprehensive neuroscience center in the Rocky Mountain region, Swedish enjoys a partnership with Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) to provide support resources for a wide range of neurological diseases and disorders.
If you’re interested in more information about Gamma Knife® Surgery at Swedish Medical Center, please reach out today at 303-788-5500.