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Pituitary Tumors

A pituitary tumor is a tumor located on the pituitary gland, which is located behind the nasal passages below the brain. Patients may have a this tumor if they experience symptoms such as headache, loss of vision, decreased libido, nausea, dry skin, growth failure, intolerance to cold, fatigue, constipation, abnormal blood pressure, frequent urination and more. Depending on the size and location of the tumor, most patients must receive corrective surgery.

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Procedure

Patients with an operable pituitary tumor are treated through a pituitary tumor resection. This surgery is often transsphenoidal, or done through the sphenoid sinus, which is a hollow space in the skill behind the nasal passages. At My Houston Surgeons, for qualified patients, this surgery is performed endoscopically. This ensures that no visible incision is necessary. If the tumor is located in a difficult space, surgery may require a visible incision through the upper lip or nasal cartilage. Or it may even require a craniotomy. Patient eligibility is determined during a consultation with our sinus surgeons.

Before the surgery, our sinus surgeons will consult with a neurosurgeon. The pituitary gland is intracranial, and a team approach ensures the best outcome. In preparation, the team of surgeons may use CT or MRI scans to learn as much about the tumor as possible. This allows the team to predict the best surgical approach and/or to determine if the tumor has invaded other structures. If the tumor has spread to other tissue, a different surgical approach may be necessary to remove it in its entirety.

During a transsphenoidal pituitary tumor resection, a rhinologist passes an endoscope and other surgical instruments through the nose to open the sphenoid sinus. After opening, the surgeon is able to reach the pituitary gland and remove the tumor. 

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At My Houston Surgeons, we are able to treat a variety of sinus problems. We can prescribe the right course of action and follow through with state of the art treatment plans for each person. Our office has the most current CT Scanning, cutting edge technology allowing for minimally-invasive, in-office procedures, as well as nationally recognized luxury recovery suites. Plus we have highly-trained, board-certified sinus surgeons to care for you every step of the way.

Recovery

The recovery time for this type of resection is usually minimal, though patients may experience congestion and headaches for up to two weeks after the procedure.

Because a pituitary tumor can cause many kinds of vision and hormonal problems, if you believe you may have one, it’s important to consult with a certified rhinologist like those at My Houston Surgeons, so they can diagnose the problem and come up with an efficient treatment plan to safely remove it.

Quality Patient Care

My Houston Surgeons has a number of fellowship trained sinus specialists on our team, ready to treat sinus conditions with the skill and finesse required. Our team is highly trained in a wide variety surgical treatments concerning sinus and nasal disorders, so you can rest assured that your sinus treatment will be the one best suited for your health and full recovery.

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Sinus Blog Posts

Additionally, to learn more about sinus, read the following blogs. They provide surgery tips, reasons to finally book the procedure and also the most common medical conditions that a sinus surgeon can treat.

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