10 doctors weighed in:
Is gamma knife more risky than a surgical operation in a brain tumor?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology
8 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Gamma knife is a type of very precise radiation that can deliver very high doses of radiation to small confined targets.
It dose not require any surgery so in this sense it is safer than an operation. However, one must take great care when using this technique to ensure that the target is drawn correctly and that proper qa and oversight occur during the delivery of treatment.

In brief: Depends
Gamma knife is a type of very precise radiation that can deliver very high doses of radiation to small confined targets.
It dose not require any surgery so in this sense it is safer than an operation. However, one must take great care when using this technique to ensure that the target is drawn correctly and that proper qa and oversight occur during the delivery of treatment.
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Steven Giannotta
If Gamma Knife is used inappropritely (tumors that are too large) the riskd go up and the results go down. The pateint may end up needing surgery anyway.
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery
In brief: Depends
Gamma knife only good for small tumors.
Whether safe or not depends on location, open surgery can visualize and avoid critical structures such as cranial nerves. For deep seated lesions open surgery may have its limitations. Ask your neurosurgeon.

In brief: Depends
Gamma knife only good for small tumors.
Whether safe or not depends on location, open surgery can visualize and avoid critical structures such as cranial nerves. For deep seated lesions open surgery may have its limitations. Ask your neurosurgeon.
Dr. Soren Singel
Dr. Soren Singel
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Steven Seres
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
17 years in practice
497K people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors