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Transsphenoidal Surgery for Pituitary Tumors

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

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

This surgery is done 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 your bandages soon after surgery to check your wound.

What are the risks of transsphenoidal surgery?

Problems may happen during surgery that may lead to a craniotomy (open brain surgery). Your brain, eyes, bones, blood vessels, or nerves may get injured during surgery. You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. Your hormone levels may suddenly change and cause serious problems. Your surgeon may not be able to remove the tumor completely. You may develop a life-threatening blood clot.

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