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Transcranial Surgery for Pituitary Tumors


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



  • Medicines may be given to decrease pain and prevent or treat an infection. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely.
  • 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.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

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

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.


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.

Contact your healthcare provider 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.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
  • You cough up blood.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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