2017-05-19 / Health & Wellness

Gamma Knife Center achieves milestone


HEALTHCARE EDUCATION— U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley, left, pays a recent visit to the Neuroscience Gamma Knife Center at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in T.O. HEALTHCARE EDUCATION— U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley, left, pays a recent visit to the Neuroscience Gamma Knife Center at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in T.O. Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center recently hit a milestone when its Neuroscience Gamma Knife Center performed the hospital’s 1,500th procedure.

Coinciding with this achievement was a visit from U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley to learn more about the tumor-eradicating technology and its benefits.

The center is the only one of its kind serving Ventura and Los Angeles counties and along the coast up to San Francisco.

The Gamma Knife has become one of the primary alternatives for conventional brain surgery and has opened new avenues of treatment for those suffering from movement disorders such as essential tremors and Parkinson’s disease. It is also used to treat trigeminal neuralgia, a severe facial pain condition.

The Gamma Knife is not a knife but a sophisticated instrument that pinpoints and delivers beams of radiation to brain tumors and other abnormalities. By focusing 192 intersecting radiation beams on the targeted abnormalities, the Gamma Knife destroys tumors without harming normal brain tissue or nearby nerves and blood vessels.

The center uses the Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion system, one of the top technologies in the noninvasive treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors, vascular malformations and other functional brain disorders.

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