Specializing in the non-invasive treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors, vascular malformations and other functional disorders of the brain that were previously considered inoperable or inaccessible.
Welcome to the Los Robles Hospital Neuroscience Gamma Knife Center where you will find technical expertise, the latest equipment, and our renowned medical team, dedicated to providing you with the best possible treatment.
The first of its kind available between Western Los Angeles County and 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 Tremor and Parkinson's Disease. It is also used to treat a severe facial pain condition known as Trigeminal Neuralgia.
Gamma Knife technology allows doctors to deliver lifesaving radiation to areas of the brain that can’t be operated on. Without making a single cut, the Gamma Knife can treat malignant or benign brain tumors, vascular malformations, and other functional disorders in the brain that doctors once would have considered inaccessible.
In January 2013 we enhanced our equipment capabilities by installing the Perfexion upgrade to the Leksell Gamma Knife. This technology is the gold standard in the non-invasive treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors, vascular malformations and other functional brain disorders. The breakthrough technology offers unparalleled accuracy and precision through a faster and safer multifaceted treatment. At our Gamma Knife Center we are proud to offer the most advanced equipment that is available anywhere in the world and the most experienced neurosurgical team in the Western half of the United States. This unique expertise coupled with the Gamma Knife's advanced technology offers the opportunity for successful treatment so that you can return to your normal activities as soon as possible, usually the same day of treatment.
Our multidisciplinary approach to Gamma Knife treatment is a key component to your care. Working closely together, the team of neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, physicists, and specialty nurses assures the highest level of professional expertise, personal care, and attention before, during, and after treatment.
What is a Gamma Knife?
Known as Gamma Knife radiosurgery, the Gamma Knife is actually not a knife at all, but a sophisticated instrument that pinpoints and delivers precise beams of radiation to brain tumors and other brain abnormalities. By precisely focusing 190 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.
Since there is no surgical incision to expose the inside of the brain, the risk of surgical complications is reduced and the side effects and dangers of general anesthesia are eliminated. The treatment is virtually painless. It does not require general anesthesia. And because it is non-invasive, there is no scarring or disfigurement and little risk of infection.
Gamma Knife Works When Other Treatments Can’t
The Gamma Knife offers an alternative for patients in situations where traditional brain surgery is not an option. In many cases, it is impossible to surgically treat tumors that are deep-seated or situated close to sensitive parts of the brain. When that happens, the Gamma Knife is the best possible treatment.
Gamma Knife radiation offers the precision of surgery without the usual risks of surgery. Its precision allows for the adjacent tissue to remain relatively unaffected, while delivering intense doses of radiation to the critical points. Whether a patient has one or multiple tumors in the brain, the Gamma Knife replaces the need for the combination of conventional brain surgery and radiation treatment.
Gamma Knife surgery requires the expertise of several specialists, including a physicist, a neurosurgeon, a radiation oncologist, an anesthesiologist (for children and patients with special problems) and a specially trained registered nurse. This is the type of highly qualified staff you’ll find right here in the Conejo Valley at Los Robles Hospital's Gamma Knife Center.