For patients living with tumors, lesions, or certain functional disorders, there can never be too many tools to aid in treatment. One such tool is Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), an innovative, non-surgical option for patients living with these abnormalities or disorders. Essentially a precise form of radiation therapy, radiosurgery is a non-invasive alternative to more traditional surgeries. For those who are unsure about what this procedure actually entails, keep reading to find out some of the answers to the top patient questions about Stereotactic Radiosurgery.
Top Patient Questions about Radiosurgery
- What exactly is it? A form of radiation therapy, radiosurgery is a non-invasive treatment option used for patients with tumors, lesions, and functional disorders. By precisely directing radiation at a targeted location, the damaged tissue can be treated without affecting the surrounding areas.
- How does it work? In this procedure, precise, high dose x-ray beams target the affected areas of the body, destroying the tumor or other abnormal tissue. While it doesn’t actually remove the tumor, radiotherapy works to damage the DNA of tumor cells – thereby stopping them from being able to reproduce.
- What can Stereotactic Radiosurgery treat? This procedure can be used in the treatment of both benign and malignant tumors of the brain and body, vascular lesions, and functional disorders like trigeminal neuralgia, epilepsy, essential tremor, and more.
- Are there risks involved? Due to the non-invasive nature of this procedure, the risks involved are generally minimal. Patients may experience some local pain, swelling, and a headache following the procedure, which usually subsides quickly. There are some other risks that can occur rarely, like nausea and skin irritation, so make sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before undergoing this procedure.
- When will I see the effects of this procedure? The effects of radiosurgery can appear over time, ranging anywhere from just days to several years. The effects are typically dependent on the issue that’s being treated, as sensitivity to radiation can vary.
Radiosurgery in the Greater Princeton Area
To learn more about Stereotactic Radiosurgery or to schedule an appointment, feel free to fill out our convenient contact form or call us directly at (609) 890-3400. Our offices are located in Hamilton, NJ, serving the greater Princeton area. We look forward to hearing from you.