TREATMENT

Pituitary Surgery

TREATMENT

Pituitary Surgery

Overview

Century ENT is at the forefront of medical innovation, and our expertise extends to endoscopic pituitary surgery, also known as endonasal endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery. This minimally invasive procedure is designed to remove tumors or lesions in or around the pituitary gland, a critical structure situated at the base of the brain responsible for producing and regulating various hormones that control essential bodily functions.

Indications

Our skilled physicians recommend endoscopic pituitary surgery for patients with tumors, typically benign, that manifest symptoms, including:

Hormonal Disorders

Pituitary adenomas can disrupt hormone production, resulting in either overproduction (hyperfunction) or underproduction (hypofunction) of hormones such as prolactin, growth hormone, adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), and others.

Visual Disturbances

The proximity of the pituitary gland to the optic nerves, which control vision, can lead to visual problems when larger tumors compress these nerves.

Headaches

Tumors can cause headaches, often attributed to their mass effect on surrounding structures.

Risks and Considerations

While endoscopic pituitary surgery is generally considered safe, it’s essential to be aware of potential risks and complications, which can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Damage to Surrounding Structures: The pituitary gland’s proximity to critical structures like the optic nerves and carotid arteries increases the risk of injury during surgery.
  • Hormonal Imbalances: These are typically managed with medications by an endocrinologist.
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak: Leaks are addressed on the day of surgery, but in some cases, a delayed leak may occur, necessitating a second surgery.

Surgical Experience

Endoscopic pituitary surgery is performed through the nose, eliminating the need for skin incisions. This precise procedure is conducted in collaboration with a neurosurgeon. Following surgery, patients are admitted to the ICU for post-operative observation and hormonal level management. Outpatient follow-up appointments are essential to monitor and ensure appropriate healing in the nose.

Comprehensive Pituitary Care

At Century ENT, we are committed to providing you with comprehensive pituitary care. If you’re facing symptomatic pituitary tumors, trust our skilled team for expert guidance and innovative solutions.

In conclusion, endoscopic endonasal pituitary surgery offers a minimally invasive approach to addressing symptomatic pituitary tumors, and it is conducted in close collaboration with a neurosurgeon. The surgery takes place at a hospital, requiring a hospital admission. Your well-being is our priority, and we are here to support you on your journey to optimal health. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and explore your options for pituitary care at Century ENT.

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