Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) uses precisely focused radiation beams to treat tumors and other abnormal growths in the brain, spinal column and other body sites. This technology delivers high doses of radiation to the tumor with minimal exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. Specialists carefully monitor doses to avoid the risk of radiation overexposure. No incision is made, minimizing the chance of infection or excessive bleeding. General anesthesia is not required for adults. In effect, it is surgery without a scalpel.
Treatment is typically done in a single session. Fewer complications and minimal disruptions to your life and work can make this procedure more cost-effective than conventional surgery. Your tumor type, location and size help determine the appropriate treatment for you.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked high performing for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.
Talk about a strong mother-daughter bond — Margie Hartmann and her daughter, Jessica McNeil, had Gamma Knife surgery on the same day.