Gamma Knife

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Gamma Knife radiosurgery uses focused radiation to target brain and pituitary tumors, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and acoustic neuromas. This minimally invasive procedure does not require the use of a knife or scalpel. 

General anesthesia prevents any pain during the procedure. You can expect one overnight stay in the hospital. 

The effects of treatment will occur over time — a period of weeks or months. We may evaluate your progress with follow-up MRI, CT or angiography images.

Gamma Knife vs. Traditional Surgery

Gamma Knife surgery is an alternative treatment option that can avoid the risks of traditional brain surgery. Benefits include:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Decreased rehabilitation time
  • Little to no damage of healthy brain tissue
  • Less surgical complications, like hemorrhage, infection and cerebral spinal fluid leak
  • No other physical trauma and disruption of normal brain function

At UVA, we've treated more than 7,000 patients from around the world since 1989. Our reputation and unsurpassed experience offers your child the best chance for successful results.

Your child can receive safe, effective treatment in a single session at our world-class Gamma Knife Center.