The Right Choice

Father told that gamma knife was the best way to stop seizures

As an adult, Brad Freeman began having what he called episodes: fleeting moments throughout the day when he would lapse into a trance. In fact, the trances were seizures.

A CT (computerized tomography) Scan revealed that the cause of Brad’s seizures was a mass of poorly formed blood vessels known as an Arteriovenous Malformation, or AVM, growing in his brain.

The recommended treatment was Gamma Knife. Brad went for it on the basis that as a new father, a one- to two-day recovery from Gamma Knife was much more appealing than the three months he was told he’d be off work following conventional brain surgery.

He flew to Winnipeg, the nearest facility that uses Gamma Knife technology, and was successfully treated. The next day, he flew home. "My condition is completely resolved," Brad says today. "Gamma Knife was the perfect thing for me."

Gamma Knife technology is a non-invasive technique used to treat patients with brain tumours, lesions and other brain disorders.   The Gamma Knife uses hundreds of low doses of radiation, targeted on a very precise area - because of the low dose and extreme precision, it’s ideal for brain surgery.

This technology gives doctors more options when treating patients with Parkinson’s, epilepsy, brain tumours and other neurological conditions.  There’s no incision in the brain, there’s no risk of infection and the recovery time from the Gamma Knife procedure is minimized.

Your support of the University Hospital Foundation's Brain Centre Campaign will help bring Gamma Knife technology to the University of Alberta Hospital. Your generosity is one of the reasons the we can provide world-class care. 

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