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Transsphenoidal Surgery For Pituitary Tumors


Transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary tumors is done to remove a tumor on the pituitary gland.



  • Medicines help decrease pain and prevent or treat a bacterial infection. Ask your healthcare provider how to take prescription pain 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:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Nasal packing:

Ask how long the nasal packings will stay inside your nose. If these are to be removed and replaced at home, ask your healthcare provider how to properly do this.


Removal of a pituitary tumor may cause changes in your blood sugar. A dietitian may work with you to help you plan meals that can help control your blood sugar.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
  • You have 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 clear fluid coming from your nose.
  • You have a severe headache that does not go away, even after you take pain medicine.
  • You passed out or had a convulsion.
  • You have pus or a foul-smelling odor coming from your incision.
  • You have trouble breathing, seeing, talking, or thinking clearly.
  • Your face is getting numb, or you cannot move your arms or legs.

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