Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center recently hit a significant milestone when their Neuroscience Gamma Knife Center performed the hospital’s 1,500 procedure. Coinciding with this achievement, was a visit from Congresswoman Julia Brownley, who serves as a United States Representative for California’s 26th Congressional District.

The Los Robles Neuroscience Gamma Knife Center is the only one of its kind serving communities of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, along the coast of California 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 a severe facial pain condition known as Trigeminal Neuralgia.

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

The Center offers unmatched precision through its Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion system, the gold standard in the non-invasive treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors, vascular malformations and other functional brain disorders.

“This is a significant achievement for Los Robles, but more importantly, a tremendous benefit to our patients,” said Dr. Paul Miller, Radiation Oncologist. “As recently as a decade ago, we could not provide this life extending option, and it’s truly rewarding to contribute to enhancing the quality of life that our patients deserve.”

While administering the 1,500th treatment, Congresswoman Julia Brownley paid the Center a visit to learn more about the tumor-eradicating technology. Congresswoman Brownley acquired firsthand knowledge of the benefits of these procedures from some of the Country’s leading physicians in Neurological Surgery and Radiation Oncology. Brownley’s visit is one of many in an attempt to better understand the complexities of our existing healthcare conditions and how leading-edge treatments are being administered in the community.

Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is a licensed 404-bed acute care facility. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, Los Robles Hospital has the only Level II Trauma Center in Eastern Ventura County and the only Emergency room in both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties with the coveted EDAP (Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics) rating. In addition, it is the only hospital certified by both Counties as a STEMI-designated heart attack center for rapid heart attack response and is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. With over 600 physicians on its medical staff, representing over 50 medical and dental specialties, Los Robles is proud to be the community’s most trusted resource for health and a regional destination for care.

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