Gamma Radiosurgery Center of New Orleans uses the MASEP Infini Gamma Radiosurgery System®, which is actually not a knife.
Gamma Radiosurgery is a revolutionary treatment that allows neurosurgeons to operate on malignant or benign brain tumors, AVMs, trigeminal neuralgia and other specific indications of the brain without making a single incision. Gamma Radiosurgery utilizes a single dose of radiation directed to specific targets within the brain. Unlike conventional radiation therapy, Gamma Radiosurgery is so exact it damages and destroys abnormal tissue while leaving the adjacent normal tissue intact.
The Infini Radiosurgery System provides enhanced safety, accuracy, reliability and reproducibility. Because of its precision, Gamma Radiosurgery allows doctors to treat tumors previously thought inoperable, including tumors near the brainstem, cranial nerves and optic apparatus. Generally, patients are treated and released the same day.
As with any radiation treatment, Gamma Radiosurgery results are not immediate. The treatment initially stops the growth of brain tumors and lesions, and their size should decrease over time.