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

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