Gamma Knife Treatment Is Fast and Accurate. The Gamma Knife Is Patient-friendly. How We On the morning of your treatment, a mild sedative is Full Results Once the coordinates have been determined, you will be Determine administered and you are brought to the Gamma Knife Take Place placed on the Gamma Knife couch, and your head Gamma Knife Over Time. frame will be attached to a large helmet. At this time, the suite. A stereotactic frame is then placed on your head to Treatment. determine the exact location of your tumor or arteriove- Since the effects of Gamma frame coordinates are set to the predetermined values so Your own physician is an active nous malformation. There is no pain, but you may expe- Knife radiosurgery occur over the lesion or target will be at the precise point where the partner in your treatment— rience a feeling of pressure that should disappear in a period of time—weeks or radiation beams converge. Your personal treatment plan beginning with diagnosis and about 15 minutes. even years—your treatment may call for one or multiple radiation cycles—each last- referral and continuing through will be followed up by your ing one to 20 minutes. During the treatment cycles, you follow-up studies and progress own physician and our med- will feel no discomfort and will be in constant communi- reports. ical team. A care plan will be cation with the doctors while monitored by video. After Before Gamma Knife treat- designed for you, and your each cycle, the medical team will recheck and reset the ment is decided, a complete condition will be monitored review of your medical history throughout your period of Gamma Knife coordinates. is performed, with CT scans, Gamma Knife treatment. After your treatment, the frame is removed, and you MRIs and angiographic studies are placed in a waiting room where you can eat and The stereotactic frame that Unlike conventional surgery, Gamma Knife treatment is not provided as necessary. Then, drink if you like. is placed on the head allows physically or psychologically traumatic. It does not require alternative treatments are On average, your time in the hospital will be three to exact measurement of the general anesthesia or extended healing time. In fact, considered, including open location of the tumor six hours, depending on your treatment plan. You patients undergoing Gamma Knife treatment may be per- surgery, radiation and chemo- on an MRI or angiogram. A sophisticated software BEFORE should be able to go home the same day as your treat- mitted to leave the hospital the same day and resume nor- therapy. planning system helps Tumor from breast, metastatic to ment and resume normal activities. mal activities immediately. This not only reduces concern Once we have established the medical team plan posterior portion of brain. that you are a candidate for your treatment and and pain, but also saves money, because lengthy hospital Gamma Knife treatment, the radiation dosage. stays, expensive medication and long-term rehabilitation AFTER complete process will be are not needed. Three-and-a-half months after reviewed with you in detail. Gamma Knife radiosurgery, There are many times when conventional surgery is We can even arrange for the tumor is no longer seen. simply not possible. The risk may be too great because of someone who has undergone the the abnormal tissue’s location in the brain. Other illnesses treatment to explain it to you From the Gamma Knife suite, you are taken to the may be present, or the age of a patient may preclude from a personal perspective. radiodiagnostic area, where the imaging is performed invasive procedures. using MRI and/or angiography. You wait comfortably But the Gamma Knife is never excluded by these condi- while your neurosurgeon, physicist and radiation tions. Treatment is carefully designed to pinpoint a specific oncologist determine your appropriate dosage and target while minimizing any effects to surrounding tissue. treatment. The computer is then programmed to What’s more, there are no moving parts during treatment, “lock in” the determined coordinates. so the Gamma Knife allows extremely high, reproducible Once you are on the Gamma accuracy. Knife couch, your stereotactic An X-ray of blood Treatment is A malformation of the frame is attached to a helmet vessels (angiogram) meticulously planned artery or vein is and treatment begins. shows the location for you to receive exact- completely destroyed The Gamma Knife Works and size of ly the right dosage in 25 months after When Other Treatments Can’t. abnormal tissue. the precise location. treatment. Doctors Hospital: At the Forefront About Doctors Hospital of Gamma Knife Treatment. Doctors Hospital is uniquely qualified to treat brain Doctors Hospital, located in the heart of historic Coral tumors and other abnormalities. As the first institution in Florida and one of the few select facilities in the United States offering Gamma Knife radiosurgery, Doctors Gables, is a 281-bed acute care facility delivering the highest standards of medical care. The hospital enjoys a reputation for excellence in its patient care, with medical GAMMA KNIFE Hospital offers technical expertise, the latest equipment specialties in orthopedics and sports medicine, technolog- The Gamma Knife Isn’t and a team of world-renowned physicians who are ically advanced operating suites and state-of-the-art radio- a Knife at All. totally dedicated to providing the best possible treatment logic imaging services. A Our multidisciplinary for each and every patient. Doctors Hospital is an affiliate of Baptist Health South More than 40 years ago, a team of researchers perfected a REVOLUTION approach to Gamma Knife Because we realize the prospect of treatment can Florida, the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in revolutionary procedure for cranial surgery that we now IN treatment includes a world- recognized neurosurgeon and produce anxiety, we provide a full range of services to the region. call the Gamma Knife. NONINVASIVE A notable aspect of the Gamma Knife is that it is not SURGERY a panel of radiation oncolo- take the stress out of your hospital experience. Baptist Health treats over 11,000 international patients gists, neuroradiologists, We will answer all your questions and make sure you a year through its International Center of Miami. The actually a knife. It is a device that uses invisible gamma physicists and nurses. understand exactly what will happen during the Gamma center’s multilingual staff provides exclusive, personalized ray “blades” to selectively destroy brain tumors and other Working closely together, the abnormalities, as well as treat pain and movement disor- Knife procedure. attention and complimentary assistance with all of your team assures the highest level We will help coordinate everything from travel to medical and travel needs. Services include 24-hour emer- ders, such as Parkinson’s disease, without any incision or of professional expertise, hotel accommodations and other arrangements. In many gency on-call services; arrangements for jet or helicopter physical entry into the brain. along with an unusual degree cases, we can even help you handle your insurance air ambulance from any part of the world; coordination of Treatment is virtually painless. It does not require gen- of personal care and atten- tion—before, during and after claims. We want your experience to be successful and Doctors Hospital is located hospital, physician and diagnostic testing appointments; eral anesthesia. And because it is noninvasive, there is no in historic Coral Gables, scarring or disfigurement and little risk of infection. treatment. worry-free. and assistance with travel arrangements, scheduling of Florida, just minutes from transportation to and from the airport, and accommoda- Miami International tions at either of our on-site apartments. The Gamma Knife Is Airport. All of Florida’s Safe and Effective. major roadways, as well To schedule an appointment or for more information, as golf courses, beaches, call 786-308-3740 or e-mail email@example.com. The most important consideration, of course, is how well shopping and other visitor the Gamma Knife works. Backed by more than four attractions, are nearby. decades of well-documented research, today’s sophisticat- ed neuroradiological and computer technology allows even greater accuracy and success with this procedure. Individual beams of gamma radiation are too weak to affect brain tissue on their own. However, by precisely focusing 201 intersecting radiation beams, the Gamma Knife destroys target abnormalities—without harming normal brain tissue or adjacent nerves and blood vessels. The results speak for themselves. To date, more than 400,000 patients worldwide have undergone Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Since October 1993, more than 4,500 treatments have been successfully performed at Doctors Hospital. We Offer Help to Patients from Around the World.
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