The family and friends of a patient play a very important role.

As a friend or family member of a patient undergoing Gamma Knife radiosurgery, you are in a unique position to provide extra care and support. At The Valley Gamma Knife Center, we believe in providing a comprehensive care experience that starts with industry-leading technology and customized treatment and ends with positive patient outcomes. Our team of experienced doctors and caring staff are available to provide any and all resources to ensure our patients have an encouraging support system during recovery.

“From our first visit through our follow-up appointments, we were greeted with warmth and professionalism and we always felt comfortable, like we were part of their family.”

Briefly, what your loved one can expect.

Consultation

Pre-procedure

Treatment Plan

Procedure

Post-treatment

Why choose The Valley Gamma Knife Center for your loved one’s treatment?

We have received 5 stars in all aspects of patient experience.

We are proud to treat patients with the industry leader in Gamma Knife technology.

At The Valley Gamma Knife Center, we use the industry-leading Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon system to offer patients a painless, incision-free stereotactic procedure. The Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon allows for monitoring during treatment through integrated 3D imaging and software and provides doctors with real-time information and control.

The Valley Gamma Knife Center is a leader in both healthcare technology and individualized patient care as one of the first hospitals in the United States to offer this system. Our specialists avoid the “one size fits all” approach to patient care by using the best technology available and customizing each treatment plan to each individual patient’s needs.

Less pain

Outpatient procedure

No incisions required

Supplements other treatments

Meet Susan
Our Nurse Navigator:
Your Care Concierge.

The Gamma Knife Center’s nurse navigators are the backbone of our patient support system. They act as the go-to people for assistance with everything including verifying insurance, scheduling appointments and educating patients and their families. They will field your questions and concerns, care for you on treatment day and coordinate follow-up care. As your personal care concierge, they will be with you during the entire process -- from your initial consultation to your road to recovery.

Frequently asked questions

How can I help my loved one prepare for Gamma Knife radiosurgery?

Because Gamma Knife radiosurgery is performed in an outpatient setting, your loved one will need your assistance getting to and from The Valley Gamma Knife Center. To prepare for Gamma Knife radiosurgery, you can provide encouragement and emotional support to your loved one to ensure they feel as comfortable as possible. After the procedure and throughout the recovery process, they will rely on your care and support.

How long will the procedure be?

During Gamma Knife radiosurgery,  nearly 200 individual beams of low-dose radiation will target the affected area to deliver a large effective dose in one session. Treatment typically lasts from 15-60 minutes, and many patients only require a single treatment. However, depending on the size, location and condition of the area to be treated, the patient may be scheduled for up to five treatments.

What do I need to do to take care of my loved one after the procedure?

Because Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery is done in an outpatient setting, your loved one will not have to say overnight in the hospital. The procedure is noninvasive and requires no recovery period. As a result, you can help your loved one with everyday tasks immediately after the procedure. However, in the long-term, the best thing you can do is provide care and emotional support.

Will my loved one experience side effects?

While the potential side effects often associated with traditional surgery are avoided, such as infection, incision/surgical site pain, swelling, etc., Gamma Knife radiosurgery can have some potential side effects. Some of these appear shortly after the procedure, while others may take longer to spring up. Luckily, any side effects of Gamma Knife radiosurgery tend to be mild in comparison to those of their surgical counterparts.

Immediate side effects may include swelling and soreness of the scalp, headaches, nausea, seizures and/or irritation of the treated area. Delayed side effects may include hair loss, localized brain swelling and numbness in the face.

Is the procedure covered by insurance?

Gamma Knife procedures are conducted by a neurosurgeon, a radiation oncologist and skilled professionals from The Valley Hospital. The insurance plans accepted by these three parties vary by specialist, however, the most commonly accepted insurance plans are listed below. If your insurance is not on this list, it may still be accepted by one or two of the parties who administer Gamma Knife treatments. The list below reflects only the plans that all three participate in.

The Gamma Knife Center at The Valley Hospital is proud to offer coverage for patients with the following insurance carriers.

  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Cigna
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • United Healthcare
  • Medicare
  • AmeriChoice

We strive to provide patients with the finest care, the most convenient financial options and a wealth of resources to answer questions and address concerns about insurance coverage.

Helpful resources for your loved one’s treatment

There is a parking lot outside of The Valley Gamma Knife Center, located in The Luckow Pavilion, that is open for patients and their loved ones. The Luckow Pavilion also offers valet parking, which is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*Anyone leaving after 4 p.m. needs to check with the Security Department for their keys. Security is located on the first floor of Luckow Pavilion.

You are allowed to wait for your loved one during some of the pre- and post-procedure process. When your loved one is taken into treatment, you can wait in the Radiation Oncology waiting room, which is located on the first floor.

While you wait, feel free to visit our Health Information Library Service on the first floor. This library offers materials and resources for you and your loved one diagnosed with cancer. You can also find more resources at the Cancer Resource Center, which is located in the main hallway of the second floor.

The following locations are all less than two miles away from The Valley Gamma Knife Center.

Corner Cafe
Location: First floor of The Luckow Pavilion
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Applebees
Location: 17 E Ridgewood Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. | Friday 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Tom Sawyer Diner
Location: 98 E Ridgewood Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652
Hours: Monday-Friday 6 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Dunkin Donuts
Location: 669 State Route 17, Paramus, NJ 07652
Hours: Open 24 hours

Wendy’s
Location: 657 State Route 17, Paramus, NJ 07652
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Anthony Francos
Location: 556 State Route 17, Paramus, NJ 07652
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Friday 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m

Panera Bread
Location: 770 Route 17, Paramus, NJ 07652
Hours: Monday- Thursday 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Friday 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.

The Fireplace
Location: 718 State Route 17, Paramus, NJ 07652
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Friday 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Boston Market
Location: 743 State Route 17, Paramus, NJ 07652
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

If you and your loved one are traveling from far away and need to stay locally overnight, the following hotels are within a five-mile radius from The Valley Gamma Knife Center.

Hampton by Hilton 
625 From Rd
Paramus, NJ 07652

Fairfield Inn & Suites
601 From Rd
Paramus, NJ 07652

Courtyard by Marriott
320 State Route 17
Paramus, NJ 07652

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