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Despite the name, stereotactic neurosurgery is not surgery in the traditional sense and does not involve any incisions. This type of procedure uses a carefully calculated dose of radiation to destroy diseased or irregular cells, such as tumors or abnormal blood vessels, in the brain. Another name for these procedures is stereotactic radiosurgery.
The word “stereotactic” describes the precise targeting of a mass or lesion within the brain (or the body). Before radiation is applied, imaging technology is used to create a 3-D view of the treatment area and its surroundings. Once the problem area is pinpointed, it can be treated with minimal effect on nearby healthy tissue.
At Dignity Health, our highly trained brain surgeons treat many neurological conditions with the help of advanced procedures, like stereotactic neurosurgery, in Central California. For a consultation, use our online Find a Doctor tool to select a well-qualified, caring neurologist near you.
Stereotactic neurosurgery can provide noninvasive treatment for the following conditions:
The procedure helps to avoid the side effects of open surgery and longer recovery periods associated with incisions.
Stereotactic neurosurgery is painless and does not require anesthesia. It can be performed in a hospital or a radiation treatment center, and involves a specialized team of neurologists, neuroradiologists, and neurosurgeons.
Before the start of the procedure, you will be fitted with a plastic head frame. The frame focuses the radiation beam to the exact targeted location. When the frame is in place, an imaging study — usually an MRI — will be performed to target and analyze the treatment area. Once this step is completed, you will be ready to receive radiation therapy.
You will lie on a table surrounded by a robotic arm that delivers the radiation. The arm will move around to achieve best targeting positioning, and then deliver your dose.
Most people are able to go home the same day of the procedure. Your care team will provide printed postprocedure instructions, including any activity restrictions. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home.
Though complications are rare, let your Dignity Health Central California doctor know of any unusual symptoms, such as fever, headaches, or fainting.
Our neurology specialists use the latest medical technology and expertise to provide the highest level of care. Learn more about our neurology services at our Central California hospitals:
Dignity Health Central California delivers personalized treatment options, including stereotactic neurosurgery in Bakersfield, and Stockton, CA.