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Transcranial Surgery for Pituitary Tumors

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Transcranial surgery for pituitary tumors is used to remove a tumor on the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is attached to the brain and sits behind the bridge of the nose.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
  • You cough up blood.
  • You have trouble seeing, talking, or thinking clearly.
  • You fainted or had a seizure.
  • Your face is getting numb or you cannot move your arms or legs.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
  • You have a stiff neck.
  • You have eye pain when you look into light.
  • You have pus or a foul-smelling odor coming from your incision wound.
  • You have a severe headache that does not go away even after you take pain medicine.

Call your doctor or surgeon if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
  • You have dizziness, nausea, or you are vomiting.
  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Medicines:

You may need any of the following:

  • Antibiotics may be given to prevent or treat a bacterial infection.
  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Wound care:

Carefully wash the incision wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

Nutrition:

Removal of a pituitary tumor may cause changes in your blood sugar level. A dietitian may work with you to develop a meal plan that will help you control your blood sugar level.

Follow up with your doctor or surgeon as directed:

Ask when you need to return to have the stitches or staples removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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