After Pituitary Tumor Surgery
Surgery is often the first treatment for pituitary tumors, but what happens next.
Treatment for pituitary tumors can make the tumor go away completely for some and for others the tumor might never go away completely. Sometimes it’s hard not to worry about the tumor growing or coming back, which is a common concern in people who have had a pituitary tumor. You’re not alone and it may take a while before fears lessen. Just know, many pituitary tumor survivors live full lives during this period of uncertainty. Although pituitary tumors can sometimes return, it is rare.
Pituitary Tumor Surgery
The goal of surgery is to remove the entire tumor safely while also preserving the function of the pituitary gland and nearby structures, such as the optic nerves. The most common form of surgery to remove pituitary tumors is transsphenoidal microsurgery. A neurosurgeon accesses the pituitary tumor through the nose in the sphenoid sinus cavity. By using this natural path, the surgeon does not need to drill a hole in the skull and can typically safely remove the tumor without damaging the surrounding pituitary gland.
This surgery is not very painful and eliminates outer scars. The nose may feel sore, or it may feel like a sinus headache. There will be recovery time in the hospital.
Each person recovers at a different rate following a neurosurgical procedure. Specific instructions will be provided to you at the time of your hospital discharge; however, you should plan to take it easy for several weeks after the surgery until your doctor says that it’s OK to resume your usual activities. You will probably feel tired, and you may have headaches or problems concentrating. It can take between two to six weeks to fully recover.
Follow-up care is important after treatment for a pituitary tumor. Your doctors will continue to watch you closely even after your treatment is finished. Be sure to go to all your appointments and carefully follow their instructions, which could include MRI scans, blood tests, and assessment of your vision.
Share any new or returning symptoms with your doctor right away. Ask questions if you do not understand anything your doctor tells you.
Southwest Florida Neurosurgery Specialists in Naples, Florida
The range of expertise within our practice enables us to provide the most comprehensive care. Our surgeons have extensive training and experience in the most advanced and minimally invasive techniques. The doctors and specialists at Neuroscience & Spine Associates are here to help. Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment.