Advances in Surgery for Pituitary Disorders

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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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Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of UW Medicine, their staff, or Patient Power sponsors, Patient Power partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor.  Please have this discussion your own doctor, that’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

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. 

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