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Recovery & Follow-up

Recovery
After treatment, the frame is removed and adhesive bandages are placed over the pin sites. Patients who undergo an angiogram remain in the unit flat in bed for several hours to avoid complications from the agiogram puncture site. Patients are given specific instructions from their nurse and usually discharged the same day.

Follow-Up
Since the effects of Gamma Knife radiosurgery occur over a period of time—weeks or even years—the patient's treatment will be followed up by the consulting or referring physician, as well as the Gamma Knife Center's medical team. Periodic diagnostic imaging tests will be necessary, and patients are instructed to continue their medication as prescribed by their physician(s).

Gamma Knife
A treatment service of Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC, the Gamma Knife Center was the first site of its kind in the state. The Gamma Knife is a revolutionary instrument that uses radiation (gamma rays) to selectively destroy brain tumors or blood vessel abnormalities deep within the brain. It can also be used to treat functional neurological disorders such as trigeminal neuralgia. Gamma Knife offers a safe and effective alternative to surgery and whole brain radiation. Currently, nearly 50,000 patients each year benefit from this form of treatment.