Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola is the only facility in Northwest Florida to offer the most advanced form of non-invasive brain surgery, the Leksell Gamma Knife® Perfexion™. This sophisticated medical device is not actually a knife at all; the Gamma Knife Perfexion is a stereotactic radiosurgical instrument that delivers a single high dose of precisely focused radiation to the target, while leaving surrounding healthy tissue virtually unharmed.
Gamma Knife radiosurgery has proven effective for patients with benign or malignant brain tumors, arteriovenous malformation (AVM), trigeminal neuralgia and other functional problems.
This treatment is non-invasive, painless, and is typically done in a single outpatient visit, with patients usually resuming pre-treatment activities in two to three days. Gamma Knife treatment is usually substantially less costly than conventional open skull brain surgery and is covered by most major insurance companies, including Medicare.
The Gamma Knife team is led by Dr. Michael Goodman, Chief of Neurosurgery at Sacred Heart’s Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Dr. Goodman, a radiation oncologist, and a medical physicist supervise the Gamma Knife treatment plan for each patient. These three highly-trained specialists work together as a team to offer the best treatment possible.