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Transcranial Surgery for Pituitary Tumors

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What do I need to know about transcranial surgery for pituitary tumors?

This surgery 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.

How do I prepare for surgery?

What will happen during surgery?

What should I expect after surgery?

You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. You will be monitored closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay. The bandages used to cover your stitches keep the area clean and dry to prevent infection. A healthcare provider may remove the bandages soon after your surgery to check your incision wound.

What are the risks of transcranial surgery for pituitary tumors?

Problems may happen during this surgery that can lead to more brain surgeries. Your brain, eyes, bones, blood vessels, or nerves may get injured during surgery. You may bleed more than expected, get an infection, or have trouble breathing. Your hormone levels may change suddenly and cause serious problems. Your tumor may not be completely removed during surgery. You may develop a life-threatening blood clot.

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