At Illinois Neurological Institute, we’re proud to offer state-of-the-art Gamma Knife surgery for neurological disorders. Gamma Knife surgery is a non-invasive alternative to brain surgery that can be used to treat a long list of neurological disorders. Gamma Knife gives neurosurgeons the ability to target intra-cranial disorders with pinpoint accuracy and with minimal radiation to the surrounding tissues. If you’re scheduled for Gamma Knife treatment, here is how to prepare for your appointment:
Adjust Food and Medication Intake
Your neurosurgeon will usually recommend that you don’t eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before your surgery. You may also need to adjust your medications the day before the surgery. If you’re diabetic, be sure to talk to your neurosurgeon about how to handle blood sugar lows the night before surgery.
Dress for the Surgery
You should wear comfortable clothes to your Gamma Knife treatment. Loose-fitting clothing is best. Don’t wear make-up, nail polish, dentures, wigs, contacts, glasses, or jewelry, including piercings.
Review Medical History
Make sure your neurosurgeon knows your full medical history before treatment. Let him or her know about any diabetes treatments you’re using, and whether you have any implanted medical devices, like pacemakers or aneurysm clips. Your neurosurgeon will also need to know if you’re allergic to shellfish or iodine. The dyes used during Gamma Knife treatment may trigger a reaction.
Everyone responds to medical treatments differently, so it’s important to work closely with your neurosurgeon before your Gamma Knife surgery to come up with a good preparation plan. At Illinois Neurological Center, our high success rates for Gamma Knife surgery, as well as our other neurological treatments, have made us one of the top neurosurgery centers in the Midwest. Schedule an appointment with our expert team of neurosurgeons and neurologists by calling (309) 740-3766.