Tumors in the pituitary gland –a “master gland” for the body located in the front of your brain and behind your eyes—can sometimes lead to vision problems and headaches, among other symptoms. Endoscopic surgery to remove pituitary tumors can lead to quicker recovery time and fewer complications. In this podcast, two experts in the field join us to explain the latest options and a patient shares her own experience.
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surgery for pituitary disorders can lead to quicker recovery time and fewer
complications. Coming up we’re joined by
two experts in this field, plus a patient will share her own experience. It’s all next on Patient Power.
welcome to Patient Power sponsored by UW Medicine Health System. I’m Andrew Schorr.
Well, you know,
there are some parts of the body when something goes awry a lot of strange
things can happen, and one part, just tiny, tiny, tiny, is the pituitary
gland. It’s pea sized, it’s back in your
head behind your eyes, it has all sorts of things to do with hormones, and when
things are not right with pituitary gland, for instance the growth of a
nonmalignant tumor, for many people, not everybody, but for many people, it can
cause problems. And there are new
approaches to dealing with it including a minimally invasive surgical procedure
that can go through the nose in ways, really, that had not been possible before.