Monmouth Medical Center Opens New Treatment Center

By Christopher Sheldon

Monmouth Medical Center now has a technology that will help surgeons treat brain disorders.

The Gamma Knife Center was recently opened and features the Leksell Gamma Knife, a high-tech non-invasive brain surgery tool, to treat conditions previously considered inaccessible or inoperable.

The addition of this new technology makes Monmouth Medical Center the only hospital in Monmouth or Ocean counties to offer Gamma Knife.

The Gamma Knife is not actually a knife, but a treatment system that directs multiple beams of gamma radiation, to converge, with pinpoint accuracy, on a targeted abnormality within the brain. The Gamma Knife can be used on both children and adults, because of its precision.

Gamma Knife surgery is ideal for treating deep-seated brain tumors, functional and neurological disorders and vascular malformations.

According to neurosurgeon Ty J. Olson, M.D., co-medical director of the Gamma Knife Center at Monmouth Medical Center, “Gamma Knife is the gold standard for non-invasive treatment of brain disorders and brain metastases.

“The accuracy of Gamma Knife surgery is unmatched and offers the precision of ‘painting’ with a fine brush,” Olson said. “There is no incision, no blood and is virtually painless. Even with microsurgery, patients undergoing a craniotomy can expect to spend several days in the hospital and some time for recovery."

More than 40,000 people are treated every year using the Gamma Knife and there are more than 200 Gamma Knives in operation around the world, and only four in New Jersey.

To learn more about the Gamma Knife Center at Monmouth Medical Center, call 732-923-6562 or visitwww.monmouthgammaknife.com.

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