Monday, June 4, 2012

Gamma Knife in India

Why Gamma Knife


Benefits

  • Extremely accurate and highly effective
  • Specially designed system that extends treatment from the brain to the neck and the skull base.
  • Fully automated one-push button operation, which saves time and drastically reduces the treatment duration.
  • Less radiation delivered to the rest of the body.
  • Effective treatment of metastases in a single session, without general anesthesia and with minimal complications.
  • Immediate return of patients to their normal activities.
  • Improved quality of life for patients.

Gamma Knife Radiosurgery based on clinical evidence

Compared to open surgery:
  • Just as effective
  • Better cost-benefit ratio
  • Less complications
In today’s cost-driven healthcare environment, it is crucial to evaluate any investment made on expensive new technologies based on proven results. This is especially true when choosing the best possible care for patients suffering from serious neurological disorders and cancer. In such cases, Leksell Gamma Knife radiosurgery offers a range of benefits, supported by years of evidence-based medicine.

Proven and documented results

Clinical results for Gamma Knife treatment have been extensively published in peer-reviewed journals, which cite significant increases in successful outcomes. Only Leksell Gamma Knife can show long-term performance and cost-effectiveness with improved quality of life for patients.

Constantly-evolving practice

Gamma Knife radiosurgery is constantly expanding, with ongoing research for new indications and the development of existing protocols. The design of Leskell Gamma Knife makes it especially suitable for treating multiple targets, which in most cases means brain metastases.
Nearly 200,000 patients with brain metastases have been documented in scientific papers. With extremely good tumor control rate, few side effects and the ability to treat multiple targets effectively, Gamma Knife radiosurgery occupies a unique position in this field.
With all the clinical and management advantages of Gamma Knife radiosurgery, it has become a preferred method in the treatment of metastatic tumors. The unique ability to treat multiple brain metastases provides new opportunities for patients to prolong their life and gain better quality of life.

Risks

Compared to alternative open brain surgery, the risks associated with Gamma Knife are almost nonexistent. On some occasions, patients may experience a mild headache for half an hour after the treatment. Due to the intensity of the therapy and its aim to cause necrosis of the target, in about 8% of the cases, temporary swelling may be manifested, which requires administration of anti-inflammatory medication. Patients prone to epilepsy may experience seizures, so the regular dose of antiepileptic medication may be increased for a few days.
Given that radiotherapy may cause tumors, many people are afraid that this may also happen after Gamma Knife treatment. In the over half a million patients who have undergone Gamma Knife treatment in the last 20 years, no new tumors have developed in comparison to patients who were treated using alternative methods, so there is no need for concern..

Dr.Sanjay Mongia


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