Fred Schnell, M.D., treats all sites of cancer including prostate, breast, lung, brain, head and neck, gastrointestinal and gynecologic tumors.
Stereotactic surgery is a minimally invasive form of surgical intervention which makes use of a three-dimensional coordinate system to locate small targets inside the body and to perform on them some action such as ablation, biopsy, lesion, injection, stimulation, implantation, radiosurgery (SRS) etc.*
LDR prostate brachytherapy (seed implantation) is a proven treatment for early, localized prostate cancer (when the cancer is contained within the prostate). Under a general anaesthetic, the radioactive seeds are injected through fine needles directly into the prostate, so that the radiotherapy can destroy the cancer cells. The seeds are permanently implanted, so they remain in place but gradually become inactive as the radioactivity decays naturally and safely over time. Unlike traditional surgery, LDR brachytherapy requires little to no incisions and is mostly done as a same-day procedure with an occasional case that patients may have to stay overnight in the hospital. Patients usually recover quickly from LDR brachytherapy, which means that most men can return to work or normal daily activities within a few days, which means that LDR brachytherapy is coming an increasingly popular alternative to major surgery.*
*Entries taken from Wikipedia dated 2012