Radiosurgery

Neurosurgical Specialists of West County

Neurosurgeons located in Saint Louis, MO

Tumors in your brain and spine often require radiation treatment to wipe out the growth. If you’re exploring your treatment options, consider the benefits of radiosurgery at Neurosurgical Specialists of West County in St. Louis, MO. The targeted treatment can minimize side effects and long-term complications — so you feel like yourself more quickly. Find out whether advanced technologies, such as the CyberKnife®, are right for you. Call today to book an appointment.

Radiosurgery Q & A

What is radiosurgery?

Radiosurgery is a technologically advanced treatment for cancerous and noncancerous tumors. The minimally invasive procedure uses focused radiation, rather than traditional scalpels and surgical instruments. 

Instead, radiosurgery delivers a single or up to five fractions of  high dose of radiation. The radiation penetrates the tumor, without damaging surrounding tissues and organs. 

What can radiosurgery treat?

Radiosurgery is effective and has been designated as the treatment of choice for many neurological conditions such as: 

  • Brain and spinal tumors (benign and malignant)
  • Arteriovenous malformation
  • Tic douloureux
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Meningiomas
  • Schwannoma
  • Metastasis 
  • Hemangiomas

What are my options for radiosurgery?

Your surgeon at Neurosurgical Specialists of West County performs what’s known as stereotactic radiosurgery, which uses minimally invasive surgical tools, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. The hospital offers some of the latest radiosurgery systems, including:

  • CyberKnife® robotic radiosurgery, treats tumors with 2-5 sessions of high-dose radiation therapy 
  • Tomotherapy
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)

Stereotactic radiosurgery can be a safer, more effective treatment than open surgery for many patients, although results vary. 

What are the benefits of stereotactic radiosurgery?

Although all forms of radiation therapy kill cancer cells, stereotactic radiosurgery provides additional advantages:

  • Better accuracy: delivers radiation within one millimeter of its target
  • Better imaging: creates a 3D map of your tumor to better see its position
  • Higher treatment accuracy: higher doses of radiation increase treatment effectiveness, requiring fewer treatments 
  • Less damage to surrounding tissue: less radiation reaches nearby healthy tissue, reducing side effects and long-term complications

Your surgeon at Neurosurgical Specialists of West County discusses these benefits, along with the risks of stereotactic radiosurgery, so you can decide if the procedure is right for you.

Isn’t radiation dangerous?

Radiosurgery is extremely targeted. Traditional radiation therapy treats a large area over many sessions, increasing your exposure to radiation. But radiosurgery uses a small, focused beam of radiation. You typically need fewer than five sessions of treatment with radiosurgery — sometimes you only need one session.

Patients generally experience little to no symptoms after radiosurgery. You usually go home after your treatment. 

Find out more by calling Neurosurgical Specialists of West County today.