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Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

Side Effects of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

Even though the procedure is safe and noninvasive, patients should understand the possible side effects of Gamma Knife radiosurgery before undergoing treatment. Doctors can help explain these risks so each patient can make the best decision for their health care.

Speak to your doctor about these side effects of Gamma Knife radiosurgery:
•    Hair loss at the treatment site (usually temporary)
•    Loss of balance
•    Vision problems
•    Weakness, numbness in the face
•    Seizures
•    Birth defects due to radiation exposure in pregnant patients
•    Swelling of the brain
•    Headache
•    Nausea

Some patients may experience these or other side effects depending on the size and location of the brain tumor or lesion.

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