Doctor performs 1,000th Gamma Knife case at Vidant Medical Center

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Hearing you need to go under the knife for brain surgery can be scary, but easing the minds of some local residents is the Gamma Knife, a non-invasive treatment of brain disorders.

A doctor at Vidant Medical Center recently performed the 1,000th Gamma Knife case. Vidant has one of two machines in the state of North Carolina.

The Gamma Knife offers a non-invasive treatment for disorders such as metastatic brain tumors, meningiomas, trigeminal neuralgia and vascular malformations.

"My treatment was 46 minutes long and after that I sat up, they removed the frame, I ate some breakfast and I went home," says Lee Peter.

Peter received the 1,000th Gamma Knife treatment after she was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia, which causes immense pain for those who have it.

"My pain controlled my thoughts," said Peter. "It controlled my actions."

Neurosurgeon Dr. Stuart Lee says it usually takes around four weeks for the pain relief to kick in. Today Peter says she is feeling much better.

Watch the video to understand how the Gamma Knife machine works.