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What are the risk factors or side effects of the gamma knife surgery?
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Variable
Overall side effect profile is better than conventional radiation.
Common side effects include- local pain, scalp swelling, headaches, discomfort from stablizing pin insertion. Other less common side effects include nausea, vomitting, skin rash, some hair loss, brain swelling or necrosis in the treated area. Seizure risk and hearing or visual changes are rare.

In brief: Variable
Overall side effect profile is better than conventional radiation.
Common side effects include- local pain, scalp swelling, headaches, discomfort from stablizing pin insertion. Other less common side effects include nausea, vomitting, skin rash, some hair loss, brain swelling or necrosis in the treated area. Seizure risk and hearing or visual changes are rare.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
In brief: Minimal
Gamma knife surgery doesn't involve any incisions.
This means that all the side affects are due to the radiation itself. The first side effect is a fatigue that occurs during the first few weeks. There can be swelling in the brain or near the treatment site, which can cause headaches or nausea. Finally there may be problems with an irritated scalp or hair lone.

In brief: Minimal
Gamma knife surgery doesn't involve any incisions.
This means that all the side affects are due to the radiation itself. The first side effect is a fatigue that occurs during the first few weeks. There can be swelling in the brain or near the treatment site, which can cause headaches or nausea. Finally there may be problems with an irritated scalp or hair lone.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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