CyberKnife Treatment Complications

Learn how your age, health condition, pregnancy, medical history and more could impact potential CyberKnife Treatment complications.

CyberKnife Treatment Risk Factors

Alternate Names for CyberKnife Treatment:
Gamma Knife treatment
Stereotactic radiosurgery

Possible Complications

If you are planning to have stereotactic radiosurgery, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Headache
  • Temporary swelling at the treatment site (may be associated with worsening of symptoms)
  • Swelling, numbness, bleeding, or tingling around the sites where the head frame rests on the head
  • Skin irritation
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Patchy hair loss from the radiation
  • Permanent injury to the location in the brain being treated

Rare complications may include:

  • Vision loss
  • Deafness
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve problems

Although the risk for complications is low, advanced age, chronic medical conditions, previous surgeries, or previous radiation at or near the target site may increase the risk for complications.


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