Minimally Invasive Treatment for Pituitary Tumors
The Pituitary Center specializes in the incision-free surgical removal of tumors affecting the pituitary gland. Unlike traditional pituitary surgery, which typically involves an incision in the nasal cavity or face, the skilled team at the Pituitary Center is able to remove nearly all pituitary tumors – no matter the size or shape – through the nose using an endoscope.
Removing both functional and non-functional pituitary tumors with an endoscope rather than a traditional approach offers patients several benefits:
- No scarring
- Shorter hospital stay (two or three days versus a week)
- Quicker recovery once home
- Less pain
The Pituitary Center – located on the Baylor University Medical Center campus – performs dozens of pituitary tumor removal procedures annually, delivering quality results with high patient satisfaction scores.
Functional and Non-Functional Tumors
The pituitary gland is a pea-sized gland located below the base of the brain, behind the bridge of the nose. Pituitary tumors affect about 1 in 70,000 people.
The Baylor Pituitary Center typically recommends surgical removal of any pituitary tumor larger than one centimeter in diameter. Tumors less than one centimeter may be monitored through non-invasive imaging procedures. Though depending on the tumor, it may also require surgical removal.
The Baylor Pituitary Center treats both functional and non-functional tumors, and performs revisional pituitary surgeries if previous procedures were unsuccessful.
These tumors can interfere with hormone production in the pituitary gland and include microadenomas, macroadenomas and giant adenomas.
These tumors secrete excess hormones. Prolactinomas, Cushing’s syndrome and acromegaly are the most common conditions/syndromes.