What to Expect During The Gamma Knife Treatment Process

The Gamma Knife procedure is safe and effective because individual gamma ray beams are too weak to damage healthy tissue on their way to the target area but are very powerful when they merge simultaneously at the area of focus. The actual time required to complete the treatment varies depending on your individual condition and diagnosis, but is typically in the range of 30 to 120 minutes.

After the procedure

Once the treatment is completed, the head frame will be removed and small bandages will be placed on your forehead. You will return to the Gamma Knifewaiting area for brief observation by our staff. Upon final evaluation you will be discharged to a friend or relative.

The day after the procedure

On the day after your procedure, you may remove the small bandages on your head and take a shower. Most patients will be able to return to their normal routine.

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