Medical Mondays: Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

WRITTEN BY: Neurosurgery
Monday, February 29th, 2016

On this week’s Medical Mondays video, learn about Gamma Knife® radiosurgery, one of the most precise, powerful, and proven treatments for brain disorders. This painless, non-surgical procedure uses hundreds of highly focused radiation beams to target tumors and lesions within the brain. During its 28-year history at UPMC, Gamma Knife radiosurgery has proven effective for more than 13,750 patients.

Here, you’ll also learn about:

  • Conditions treated with Gamma Knife radiosurgery
  • Recovery after Gamma Knife radiosurgery
  • Traditional and radiation therapy vs. Gamma Knife radiosurgery

To learn more about Gamma Knife radiosurgery at UPMC, call 1-877-986-9862 or visit our department website.

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    What Is Gamma Knife Radiosurgery?

    Gamma Knife radiosurgery uses highly precise and focused radiation beams that affect only the tumor or other problems, not surrounding healthy tissue. Learn more about this non-invasive approach for treating brain tumors and lesions. Read More
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    Radiosurgery Treatment Options

    Gamma Knife radiosurgery relies on sophisticated imaging, like MRI and CT, and computer programming, to accurately target the tumor, nerves, or blood vessels. Learn more about the two main types of radiosurgery treatment. Read More
  • Recovery from Gamma Knife surgery

    Recovery After Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

    One of the main benefits of Gamma Knife radiosurgery is the lack of complications, no required incisions, and no long recovery time that may come with traditional surgery. Read more about recovery following Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Read More
  • Gamme Knife Conditions

    What Conditions Does Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Treat?

    Gamma Knife radiosurgery is used to treat an array of brain conditions. Read more about what conditions respond well to this treatment approach. Read More
  • patient discussing gamma knife surgery options

    Why Choose Gamma Knife Over Radiation Therapy and Surgery?

    Gamma Knife radiosurgery appeals to patients who prefer a short duration of treatment, a less-invasive procedure, and who may not be a candidate for traditional surgery. Read more about how Gamma Knife radiosurgery compares to other treatment options. Read More
  • brain image

    Brain Cancer vs. Benign Tumors

    Learn more about benign and malignant brain tumors and how Gamma Knife radiosurgery can be used as a treatment approach. Read More


UPMC is ranked among the top hospitals in the nation for neurosurgical care by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, UPMC is one of the few medical centers in the U.S. – and throughout the world – with expertise in the full array of surgical options for brain and spine conditions. Our world-renowned experts are committed to finding the best treatment approach for each patient, maximizing the benefits of surgery while minimizing the risks. Read More