Removal of pituitary tumours


Our leading neurosurgeons diagnose and remove pituitary tumours using advanced techniques

Surgery to remove a pituitary tumour

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

    Your 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 consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking before surgery.

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

    You will awake in intensive care, where you'll be carefully monitored be an expert medical team. It's possible that you'll experience temporary discomfort post surgery, including nausea, sore throat, headaches and dizziness.

    A few days after surgery, you will have a brain scan. Your consultant will see if any of the tumour remains. You may need a course of radiotherapy to destroy remaining cells. You may also receive steroid medication to reduce pressure on the brain.

    Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work or exercise.

State-of-the-art intraoperative MRI for neurosurgery

As part of HCA Healthcare UK’s continued investment in the latest medical technology, The Wellington Hospital’s Neurosurgery Centre is now equipped with an intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) scanner and fully integrated digital theatre.

The iMRI scanner allows surgeons to carry out an intraoperative MRI scan of their patient’s brain during their surgery. This gives the surgeon confidence that they have achieved their treatment goal. It also provides our patients with the best possible chance of tumours being removed fully without the need for further surgery.

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From complex neurosurgery to diagnostic neurology test and procedures, we provide exceptional neurosciences care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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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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