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Removal of pituitary tumours

ENDOSCOPIC EXCISION OF PITUITARY ADENOMA

Our leading neurosurgeons diagnose and remove pituitary tumours using advanced techniques

About

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

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    The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, so you'll be asleep throughout. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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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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