Endoscopic excision of pituitary adenoma

Transsphenoidal surgery of a pituitary tumour

This surgical procedure is carried out in order to remove benign tumours on your pituitary gland through your nose

Removing a pituitary gland tumour

This type of surgery is performed through the nose (transsphenoidal) to remove tumours from the pituitary gland and skull base. Your surgeon works through the nostrils using a very small camera (endoscope) to remove the tumour with specially designed instruments.

The procedure treats pituitary adenoma, a tumour that develops from the tissue of the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland plays a vital role in controlling other glands within the body. These in turn control many of the body's functions.

Need to know

  • What happens during surgery? icon plus

    The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic.

    The endoscope is inserted through one nostril and a bony opening is made in the nasal septum to give access to the tumour.

    The neurosurgeon passes long instruments through the other nostril to remove the tumour. The access holes are closed and graft is placed in the area to prevent leaking of cerebrospinal fluid into the nasal cavity.

  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your neurosurgeon will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you might have. 

    Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking before surgery. You may also be asked to attend a nurse led pre assessment clinic.

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.

  • After surgery icon plus

    After your procedure, you'll be transferred to our recovery ward, where you’ll be looked after by a specialist team. Your neurosurgeon will explain your recovery time to you and when you can expect to get back to your usual routine.

    Your consultant will discuss any concerns you may have, and arrange a follow-up appointment with you.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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