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Gamma Knife: Surgery Without the Scalpel

Gamma Knife radiosurgery uses focused radiation to target brain and pituitary tumors, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), acoustic neuromas and other conditions. No knife or scalpel is used. Our world-class Gamma Knife Center offers safe, effective, one-day Gamma Knife treatment.

 

 

 

               

              

             

 

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Gamma Knife: Surgery Without the Scalpel

Find out about gamma knife radiosurgery this cutting-edge treatment center.

Gamma Knife: Surgery Without the Scalpel

Gamma Knife radiosurgery uses focused radiation to target brain and pituitary tumors, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), acoustic neuromas and other conditions. No knife or scalpel is used. Our world-class Gamma Knife Center offers safe, effective, one-day Gamma Knife treatment.

Gamma Knife: Benefits & Safety

  • Gamma Knife vs. Traditional Surgery

    With Gamma Knife, you can avoid the risks of traditional brain surgery:

    • Long hospital stays
    • Lengthy rehabilitation
    • Damage to healthy brain tissue
    • Surgical complications, like hemorrhage, infection and cerebral spinal fluid leak
    • General anesthesia dangers
    • Other physical trauma and disruption of normal brain function
  • Is it Safe?

    Used for decades, Gamma Knife has been proven safe. Many insurance plans cover treatment. Doctors and patients worldwide consider Gamma Knife the treatment of choice for several brain conditions, especially when normal surgery fails or is not an option.

  • Gamma Knife at UVA

    With our global reputation and unsurpassed experience – we've treated more than 10,000 patients from around the world since 1989 – UVA's Gamma Knife Center offers you the best chance for successful results.

    Read more about UVA's leadership with Gamma Knife radiosurgery.

  • GAMMA KNIFE FOR ARTERIOVENOUS MALFORMATION (AVM)

    New research shows that radiosurgery can remove AVMs, reducing the risk of hemorrhage and stroke. Read more about this gamma knife intervention.

Gamma Knife Innovation

Gamma Knife At Its Best

With the ExtendTM system for Gamma Knife, we can treat cancers of the head and neck and lesions that we were previously unable to treat. With Extend, we can immobilize your head with a noninvasive frame and address patients with:

  • Large benign skull base tumors
  • Multiple brain tumors
  • Tumors too close to critical areas, like the eye

Learn more about Extend for Gamma Knife (PDF).

We were also among the first hospitals in the world to install the Gamma Knife Perfexion, which improves accuracy,  reduces treatment times to between 20-30 minute and can treat an expanded number of conditions.

Leading a National Initiative

Articles, Videos, Podcasts

Gamma Knife video with Donna

Gamma Knife saved this grandmother so she could see her grandkids grow up. Watch Donna's story.

Gamma Knife for Children

We offer Gamma Knife surgery for children, too. 

This procedure gives your child a safe alternative to surgery.

Find out more about our pediatric Gamma Knife at UVA Children's Hospital.

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