Wednesday, April 27, 2011

(Gamma Knife) Noninvasive brain surgery

EIGHT months after giving  birth to her first child, Orange Feliciano discovered that she had a tumor on her pituitary gland. She was worried about her condition as she was only 26 years old and starting to build a family.

Hannah Pimentel, on the other hand, was only 16 when she learned about the 1.8-centimeter arteriovenous malformation on the motor area of her brain.

But both Orange and Hannah now feel that they had a second chance at life, thanks to the Gamma Knife. Undergoing this non-invasive neurosurgical procedure was truly a life-changing experience for them.

The Gamma Knife is a revolutionary breakthrough in brain surgery. It uses radiation produced by 201 beams of cobalt-60 to treat brain tumors, AVMs, and trigeminal neuralgia, among brain diseases. The radiation is so precise that normal brain tissue is unaffected.

The Philippine Gamma Knife Center made the procedure available locally. Being a noninvasive technique, Gamma Knife does not cause complications such as hemorrhage, infection or other injuries associated with conventional brain surgery.

Hannah and Orange were impressed by Gamma Knife . They were also happy that the treatment took only a few hours. After a few days of rest, both Gamma Knife patients went back to their routines.

Know more about the Gamma Knife by visiting the Philippine Gamma Knife Center at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center compound or calling 7259254, 7237575, and 7260776.