Pituitary Tumor Specialists

Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center

Neurosurgery located in Shenandoah, TX & Conroe, TX

Pituitary tumors can interfere with hormone production, causing a variety of problems throughout your body. Cyril Sebastian, MD, and Derek G. Kroll, DO, perform pituitary tumor removal at Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center in Shenandoah, Texas & Conroe, Texas, when other treatments don’t shrink the tumor or restore normal hormonal function. If you need a pituitary tumor removal, call Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery or schedule a consultation online today.

Pituitary Tumor Q&A

What is pituitary tumor removal?

Your pituitary gland is located inside your brain, between the back ridge of your skull and the bridge of your nose. This pea-sized gland produces hormones that stimulate the other glands in your endocrine system and regulate most of your body functions.

When you have a tumor on your pituitary gland, it can interfere with your hormone production, either slowing or accelerating it. 

Pituitary tumor removal is one of the treatment options to address this condition. At Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center, the team uses state-of-the-art technology and techniques to carefully extract the tumor without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue.  

Why would I need pituitary tumor removal?

Not all pituitary tumors need to be removed. You might need pituitary tumor removal if your symptoms are severe. Other factors that influence the decision to perform surgery include the type of tumor and whether it grows into your brain. 

The best way to find out if you need surgery is to have a thorough exam and brain scans so your physician can evaluate your needs. 

What happens during pituitary tumor removal?

The team at Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center offers several types of surgeries to remove pituitary tumors.

Transsphenoidal surgery

Your doctor makes a small incision in your septum during transsphenoidal surgery and accesses your pituitary gland through the sphenoid sinus. Then, using small surgical instruments and a lighted microscope, your surgeon extracts the tumor.

Craniotomy

During a craniotomy, your surgeon makes an incision in your skull to access your pituitary gland. The team at Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center offers traditional and minimally invasive craniotomy options. 

Stereotactic radiosurgery

The team also uses stereotactic radiosurgery to treat pituitary tumors. This is a non-surgical procedure that uses multiple radiation beams into the tumor. The doctors employ special imaging techniques to target the tumor and avoid the surrounding healthy tissue. 

What should I expect after pituitary tumor removal?

Your pituitary hormone production should return to normal after your pituitary tumor removal procedure. If you opt for stereotactic radiosurgery, it could take several months for your tumor to shrink and your hormonal levels to return to normal.

If you need pituitary tumor removal treatment, call Evergreen Spine and Neurosurgery Center or make an appointment online to learn about your options.