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Koç Healthcare Institutions
Istanbul, Turkey
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Acibadem Maslak Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
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Acibadem Healthcare Group
Istanbul, Turkey
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Memorial Sisli Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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El, Canada
star star Jul 2021

Angela went above and beyond my expectations. She is very friendly and you can always feel at ease contacting her. She made sure I was comfortable with our choice of surgeon Dr. Can Karaca and set up a video call for me. Always ready to help and answer any questions (she would always be available despite the 7 hour time difference)! I wasn’t really sure about traveling to Istanbul, Turkey for my procedure until I met Angela and she explained everything from start to finish and stood behind her words to always be of assistance. Mind you I have been researching for months now for a good doctor and went back and forth between waiting 2 years to get my surgery done in Canada or even traveling to Mexico for it! I was thinking Turkey would be a difficult route due to time difference and the distance but I’m very happy I chose to go to Turkey with Flymedi and I’m glad my agent was Angela Sabou! Do not hesitate to work with Flymedi and especially request Angela if you can!!! - a very satisfied client

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Excellent service. I was really hesitant at first, because I’ve never done anything like this before, but Kirstie did a great job of answering all my questions & concerns, in a timely manner. I would highly recommend using this service.

Omar Hansen, United States
star star Jun 2021

At the beginning, I was very hesitant about having my surgeries, especially the idea of having them in Turkey, which is a country located across the ocean of where I come from, the United States of America. When I initially started my research, I came across Flymedi, and I strongly believe that connecting with them was the best decision I have made in regards of having my desired surgeries. After entering my contact information, I was contacted from Flymedi by an agent named Abud. On one hand, Abud has been a great assist and support to my journey, as he was involved in every step throughout the process. He was very responsive to all my concerns and inquiries before and after the operations. On the other hand, everyone at the clinic that I was referred to (EstEthica) was very nice and welcoming. The in-person consultant on site (Lamia) was extremely helpful and kind. She, along with the whole clinic staff, made me feel so comfortable and made the whole trip seem as smooth as possible, despite the discomfort after the surgeries. In terms of the results, I can not speak of this just yet as it has only been a week since I have had my operations. However, I will definitely come back within a couple of months to update my review and speak about the results and any other additional notes along the way. In a nutshell, all I can say that I am grateful for everything so far, and I truly appreciate everyone that was involved in this process! P.S. as a word of advice, if you are having a hair transplant operation, I highly recommend having it at least 3 - 4 days before your departure flight back home, as the post operation instructions are a bit intense and not being in a rush would significantly help with the recovery process.

Alana, Canada
star star Jun 2021

Great experience using Flymedi to find the perfect surgeon and operation for me. Abud answered all my questions and helped so much!

Recommended For Gamma Knife Treatment

Gamma knife surgery is recommended for patients suffering from the following conditions:


● Trigeminal neuralgia

● Pineal region tumors

● Skull base tumors

● Craniopharyngiomas

● Pituitary adenomas

● Gliomas

● Acoustic neuromas

● Meningiomas

● Small or medium-volume intracranial arteriovenous malformations

● Metastatic tumors

Not Recommended For Gamma Knife Treatment

Gamma knife surgery is not recommended for the following groups of patients:


● Patients with a lesion or tumor bigger than 4 cm in diameter

● Patients suffering from a tumor with an edge that is less than 3 mm away from the optic chiasm

Number Of Trips Abroad

1 trip

Discharge From Hospital

Overnight stay is not required

Overview

Gamma knife treatment, also known as a Leksell Gamma Knife procedure is a type of radiation therapy used to treat brain tumors. The gamma knife surgery system is based on a high-intensity radiation stemming from 201 cobalt-based sources. The system was developed in the late 60s and since then it has been improved considerably, making it a very reliable treatment option for patients suffering from brain tumors. The cobalt is placed in a circular array, capable of sending radiation beams to any part of the patient’s brain.


The gamma knife system was specifically designed to treat cancer, as well as other diseases of the neck, head or brain. Gamma knife surgery can kill cancer cells, effectively shrinking tumors while at the same time avoiding any damage to surrounding healthy tissue in the patient’s brain. The gamma radiation beams can converge into one spot or several, so only one session is required for the procedure to be effective. Gamma knife surgery is mainly used to treat malignant or benign tumors in the brain but it can also be performed to treat other health problems such as vascular malformations or Parkinson’s disease.


Gamma knife surgery advantages include:


● It is a painless, incision-free radiosurgery system

● It can treat one or more sites during one session

● The procedure does not require overnight hospital stay

● It is a great way to treat inaccessible tumors within the brain

● Patients can return to normal activities in less than 24 hours

● The system can be safely used again if results are not satisfactory after one treatment session


Over 600.000 patients from all around the world underwent gamma knife surgery and surveys report excellent results following this procedure.

Preparation

A stereotactic frame is first fitted onto the patient's head. The frame is attached through 4 titanium pins to the patient’s head – the pins usually penetrate around 2 mm. Local anesthesia may be administered during this point. If the patient is very young or anxious, general anesthesia may be used as well. MRIs and CT scans are then performed in order to set up a treatment plan.

How It Is Performed

The stereotactic frame is needed in order to keep the patient’s head still during gamma knife surgery. The patient will need to sit on a treatment table, with his head under the gamma knife system. The oncologist and neurosurgeon will then begin administering gamma knife radiation into the patient’s tumor, with a 0.1 mm precision, ensuring that the patient’s healthy tissue is not affected. Once the necessary dose of gamma knife radiation is administered, the stereoscopic frame is removed and the patient may resume normal activities.

Recovery

This procedure requires no recovery period – patients may return to normal activities on the same day after the treatment is over.

Risks

Gamma knife radiosurgery complications can include edema and damage to surrounding brain tissue. Complications are most likely to occur at least 6 months after the gamma knife surgery is performed. Most complications are easily treatable with proper medical care. Very rare complications can include visual loss and hearing loss if the tumor is located close to the patient’s eyes or ears. Common complications include local hair loss.

Side Effects

Gamma knife radiosurgery side effects are quite rare but patients can experience some degree of discomfort, nausea, and headaches after the treatment. Some patients may also experience pain when the stereotactic frame is fitted.

Success Rates

The average gamma knife surgery success rate is between 70 and 90%, depending on the location of the tumor or lesion and its size.

Before And After

Patients will be required to perform follow-up tests in a few months after the gamma knife radiosurgery.

Faq

– Are there any alternatives to gamma knife radiosurgery?

Yes, cyberknife can also be used, but it depends on the type of tumor and its location.


– How long does the procedure last?

It depends on the type of tumor and its size.


– Can gamma knife radiosurgery treat epilepsy?

Yes, but only certain cases.