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GAMMA Knife Procedure for Brain Surgery

January 10, 2023

GAMMA Knife radiosurgery is commonly used to treat brain tumours whether benign or malignant.


GAMMA Knife Procedure for Brain Surgery

GAMMA Knife procedure (GKP) has become an increasingly popular method for treating many brain diseases.

Also known as Gamma Knife radiosurgery or stereotactic radiosurgery, GKP is progressively being applied in patients with various brain diseases.

GKP is commonly used to treat brain tumours whether benign or malignant.

It is also commonly used to treat metastases which are tumours that have spread from other parts of the body to the brain.

GKP is also effective in treatment of vascular lesions such as arterio-venous malformations and cavernomas.

Additionally, GKP can be used to treat pain as in trigeminal neuralgia and glossopharyngeal neuralgia, movement disorders as in Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and obsessive compulsive disorders.

These are a few common conditions that can be treated with GKP.

According to Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur consultant neurosurgeon Datuk Dr Jagdeep Singh Nanra, GKP is a highly accurate radiosurgery procedure that is usually performed with the application of a stereotactic frame.

“GK uses many beams of Cobalt 60 radiation from multiple angles to target one specific area in the brain. There are 192 sources of radiation targeting to a point,” he added.