July 2, 2012: The Gamma Knife Center at Monmouth Medical Center recently celebrated its first year of treating patients.
The addition of Gamma Knife technology to the hospital’s radiosurgery program helped place Monmouth Medical Center at the forefront of advanced benign and malignant brain tumor treatment, as well as treatment of functional brain disorders and vascular malformations.
Gamma Knife is an advanced radiosurgery system that delivers high-dose gamma radiation beams with pinpoint accuracy to targeted locations in the brain.
“Our first year has been successful, and we’re continuing to look at new ways to grow the Gamma Knife Center and increase awareness for this advanced treatment within our community,” says Sang Sim, M.D., radiation oncologist and medical co-director of the center.
Gamma Knife treatment is completed in a single outpatient procedure and involves no surgical incisions, no blood loss and virtually no pain. Patients are typically allowed to go home following the procedure to resume normal activities.
In addition to treating malignant and benign brain tumors and brain metastases, Gamma Knife provides effective treatment of functional brain disorders such as trigeminal neuralgia, a debilitating nerve disorder that causes excruciating, electroshock-like pain throughout the face. Gamma Knife also treats essential tremor, a neurological disorder typically characterized by uncontrollable shaking in different parts of the body including the hands, arms, head and tongue. (See related item at DIRECTION.)
Other benign conditions treated by Gamma Knife include acoustic neuromas, slow-growing benign tumors that can adversely affect hearing and balance, and blood vessel malformations commonly known as arteriovenous malformations, abnormal clusters of blood vessels that develop in the brain and cause neurological problems in some cases.
“The addition of Gamma Knife technology to our portfolio of treatments for brain tumors and brain disorders offers patients in our area a highly advanced and individualized approach to treatment,” says Ty Olson, M.D., neurosurgeon and medical co-director of the center. “Our multidisciplinary team of clinical experts develops customized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s specific condition.”
The Gamma Knife clinical team includes physicians and other experts with backgrounds in neurosurgery, radiation oncology and stereotactic radiosurgery. Monmouth Medical Center’s Gamma Knife Center offers the only Gamma Knife technology in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
To learn more, call 732-923.6562
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