Radiosurgery Procedures in Midland Park, NJ
Radiosurgery is a medical treatment that combines radiation and surgery. This treatment is most typically used by neurosurgeons in order to operate on the brain. Radiosurgery has been used to treat many different neurological disorders and has many benefits when compared to traditional neurosurgery.
Request more information about radiosurgery treatment today: call (201) 806-6099 or contact Dr. M.T. Shahab online.
What is Radiosurgery?
Radiosurgery utilizes powerful, targeted radiation beams to address neurological issues. Despite the term “surgery” appearing in the name, radiosurgery involves few actual incisions and relies mostly on the radiation itself. Radiosurgery has been used to treat:
- Malignant brain tumors
- Low grade brain tumors
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Essential tremors
- Parkinson's tremors
- Acoustic neuromas
- Pituitary tumors
The indications listed above are just a small portion of what radiosurgery can address. Radiosurgery is not available for all neurosurgical procedures; ultimately it depends on the individual patient and their medical needs.
How Does Radiosurgery Work?
Radiosurgery works through the process known as ablation. Ablation is a scientific term that means “to destroy.” In essence, radiosurgery functions by using high powered beams of radiation in order to destroy - or ablate - tumors and cancerous cells.
There are several different methods of radiosurgery available. Some of the most common types include Gamma knife, Cyberknife, X-ray therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery. Regardless of the individual machine or radiation type used, the general process for radiosurgery is the same:
- A device is attached to the patient's head, sometimes surgically.
- A special beam of radiation is targeted directly to the source of the tumor or other medical problem.
- The radiation is administered to the target area over the course of one treatment.
- After the treatment, the patient typically remains under observation for the monitoring of side-effects and symptoms.
There are many benefits to radiosurgery when compared to traditional neurosurgery, including few risks associated with the treatment. Radiosurgery is less invasive and causes reduced post-surgical scarring.
The treatment also features drastically reduced downtime and recovery time: a patient receiving traditional neurosurgery to remove a tumor may face several weeks of recovery, while a typical patient receiving radiosurgery can reasonably recover in a matter of days.
Request Radiosurgery Information Today
Radiosurgery represents one of the most advance neurological treatments available to date. Request more information about radiosurgery treatment today: call (201) 806-6099 or contact Dr. M.T. Shahab online.
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