“The state of the art in technology contributes with maximum precision and minimum morbidity to surgery and radiotherapy of brain injuries.”
The Radiosurgery and Stereotaxic Surgery Program (Gamma Knife) offers a comprehensive package of procedures that allow maximum precision and effectiveness in the treatment of intracranial lesions. Stereotactic surgery allows to identify the precise location of any point within the cranial cavity. Stereotactic-guided radiation therapy allows radiation to focus on the injury and preserve healthy brain tissue.
The end result of these procedures is the preservation of the neurological function and well-being or better quality of life of the patient.
We have a human group of specialists with great experience in the field, committed to the mission of service and quality that guides Centro Medico Imbanaco.
We have all the technological support to provide the patient with security and confidence in all their treatment.
The Centro Medico Imbanaco Radiosurgery team has extensive experience, with long-term follow-up of patients with treatment efficacy greater than 90% and complications less than 3%
Radiosurgery requires the multidisciplinary participation of specialists in Neurosurgery, Radio Oncology and Medical Physicist, who also receive the support, according to the needs of each patient, of anesthesiologists, endocrinologist, ENT specialists, neurologis, otologist, ophthalmologist, neuropsychologist, psychiatrist and social worker. This support makes the the procedures more effective and safe.
We have performed more than 1,100 GAMMA KNIFE procedures at Centro Medico Imbanaco.
GAMMA KNIFE at Centro Medico Imbanaco is the first team where radiosurgery was performed. It has been shown with clinical evidence its effectiveness for the treatment and control of multiple neurological diseases in the world.
The word comes from the Greek stereo meaning three dimensions and from the modern Latin tactic meaning organizing. An external frame-based referral system is used that is attached to the patient’s head using local anesthesia. Once the radiological examination has been taken using these references, computerized planning is carried out. This allows for maximum precision and minimal brain injury.
The correct term is stereotactic; Stereotaxic is reserved for animal research.
It is a procedure that does not require a surgical incision, general anesthesia, or hospitalization. It allows the concentration of high doses of radiation in the affected brain tissue and thus achieves results comparable to surgery. For this treatment, a frame is fitted to the head with 4 small anchors which fit the skin to the surface of the skull after the giving local anesthesia and sedation provided by the anesthesiologist, later imaging studies will be performed such as a CT scan or MRI images to show the exact location, size and shape of the lesion.
It is used in benign tumor lesions such as meningiomas, acoustic neurinomas, pituitary adenomas, and various others such as jugular glomus and hemangiopericytomas.
It is also used in brain metastases, gliomas, eye tumors such as melanomas, lymphomas, etc.
It is used in the treatment of arteriovenous malformations, arteriovenous fistulas and cavernous angiomas.
A favorable result of more than 90% is expected in all cases; that is, that more than 90% of the people treated achieve the objective and that this objective exceeds 5 years.
Complications are expected to be less than 5%; in half of these cases it could be an edema with no clinical manifestations and is treated with steroids. In the other half of the cases there are symptoms that usually subside with treatment.
A very low percentage of less than 1% presents a major complication.
The association of malignant tumors secondary to radiosurgery has an incidence of less than one case in 5,000 treatments.
These complications are generally in the medium and long term; that is, several months after the procedure and they are in relation to the treated risk area, which has to do with the disorder or site of injury presented by the patient.
Reception and initial consultation of the patient: