CyberKnife Treats AVMs Without Surgery Giving Patients Hope

by | Jan 16, 2024 | Arteriovenous Malformations, Best CyberKnife Doctors

The medical team at the CyberKnife Center of Miami offers patients an alternative to surgery for brain and spine arteriovenous malformations (AVM), an abnormal tangle of arteries and veins with high blood flow.

The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery system is a non-invasive treatment used as primary or adjunctive therapy in the treatment of AVMs. The treatment which delivers high doses of radiation to destroy AVMs with extreme accuracy offers new hope to patients who have inoperable or surgically complex lesions. CyberKnife Miami is among the most experienced team using CyberKnife worldwide, because they are among those who have been doing it the longest.

The Cyberknife uses image-guidance and computer controlled robotics to deliver multiple beams of high-energy radiation to the targeted site from virtually any direction. It’s designed to treat tumors and vascular malformations like AVMs with sub-millimeter accuracy, tracking the patient’s movement and automatically corrects the treatment delivery.

This outpatient procedure is pain free, and does not require anesthesia or invasive stabilizing frames, as would be required with other radiation therapy techniques. Most patients experience minimal recovery time and can return to normal activities following their treatment.

Compared to traditional brain surgery, treatment with the Cyberknife provides patients with a faster recovery time with little or no side effects.

In addition to brain tumors and vascular malformations, certain other benign conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia can be treated. The Cyberknife can also treat primary or recurrent tumors in the spine, head and neck, lung, liver and pancreas and prostate.

CyberKnife precisely aims radiation beams at the AVM from multiple angles. Over time, the radiation causes the AVM blood vessels to narrow and eventually close off, eliminating the risk of hemorrhage or stroke.

Compared to traditional brain surgery, treatment with the Cyberknife provides patients with a faster recovery time with little or no side effects.

Is CyberKnife Safer Than Gamma Knife?


Here’s The Key Differences Between CyberKnife & Gamma Knife

Gamma Knife is limited in the number of angles it can approach the tumor, while CyberKnife can deliver radiation from thousands of angles, limiting the impact of radiation on healthy tissue or organs surrounding the tumor.

Cyberknife Is More Accurate Than Traditional Radiation Therapy: Because it’s able to target diseased tissue, Cyberknife SBRT is much more accurate than traditional radiation therapy. SBRT can deliver radiation to a margin of one to five millimeters surrounding a tumor.

FAQ’s: How do you feel after CyberKnife? However, it is still possible that following treatment some patients may experience minimal general side effects, such as fatigue, nausea, or headaches but those often go away within the first week or two after treatment.

How long is a CyberKnife session? During a CyberKnife procedure, you will lie comfortably on the treatment table, which automatically positions you for your treatment. Anesthesia is not required, as the procedure is painless and noninvasive. Your treatment generally lasts between 30 and 90 minutes.

Is CyberKnife covered by insurance? We believe that CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery is not only an efficient treatment but also a cost effective one. In addition we make every effort to keep down the expense of our patients’ treatments with CyberKnife. Most insurance companies and Medicare cover CyberKnife treatment costs.

If you have any questions, or just want a second opinion about your treatment options, call the CyberKnife Center Of Miami. They’ll give you an honest evaluation concerning the best approach for your particular needs. Here’s our number 305-279-2900 and here’s a link to our website explaining more about how we treat AVM’s