Stereotactic Neurosurgery

Surgeon using Gamma Knife

Developing and applying advanced modern technology and incorporating these advances to neurosurgical procedures plays a prominent role at the Department of Neurological Surgery.

Stereotactic radiosurgery uses precise beams of radiation to treat tumors and other abnormal growths. Computer-generated images of the brain guide radiation oncologists and neurosurgeons so that they can precisely target doses of radiation at the tumor with minimal contact or expose to surrounding healthy tissue. No incision or anesthesia is needed so this minimally invasive technique results in nominal scarring, less chance of complications or infection, accelerated recoveries and less time spent in the hospital. 

Ultimately, stereotactic surgery saves money and time. That is why the Department of Neurological Surgery, in conjunction with UH Case Medical Center, has made a considerable investment in its stereotactic technologies. We offer both the CyberKnife® and Gamma Knife® Perfexion -- the most advanced stereotactic technology available. We are the first academic neuroscience program in Ohio to offer both Gamma Knife and CyberKnife® and the only neurosurgery program in Northeast Ohio to offer CyberKnife®.

Stereotactic techniques are routinely used for a wide variety of surgeries, including frame-based biopsy and frameless guidance for craniotomy and biopsy. A wide variety of instruments are used, including Brown-Roberts-Wells, Cosman-Roberts-Wells and Leksell stereotactic frames.