When is this performed?
- To remove completely a pituitary lesion that is producing excess hormone
- To remove completely or reduce in size a pituitary lesion that is pressing on local structures, e.g. nerves supplying the eyes
What does the treatment involve?
- There are various approaches to pituitary surgery
1. Transphenoidal – through the nose and sphenoid sinus
2. Transcranial – through the skull (more major procedure)
Are there any side-effects?
- Hormonal deficiencies may result from removal of pituitary tissue
- Cerebro-spinal fluid may leak temporarily from the wound site
- There is a small risk of meningitis is very small
How long does this treatment take and is admission to hospital required?
- Surgery can take about 3 hours and does require admission to hospital
- The recovery period after surgery is dependent on the patient and surgical approach
- Patients may be off work for 2 weeks
What should you tell your doctor?
- A precise list of all your medication
- Your allergies
- If you take steroid replacement
If you have diabetes mellitus