If you have signs or symptoms of a pituitary tumor it is critical to consult a Rhinologist immediately for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for a pituitary tumor resection. The initial evaluation will consist of testing hormone levels (often also performed by an endocrinologist) to assess if the tumor is functional, visual field tests, and a nasal endoscopy (looking inside the nose with a small camera). Next, an MRI of the pituitary gland is performed to determine the size of the tumor, and if there is compression on the optic nerves. We can safely perform a transnasal minimally invasive endoscopic pituitary tumor resection. This approach is done through the nose without any visible scars or incisions. This surgery is done in conjunction with a skilled neurosurgeon because the tumor is intracranial and a team approach provides the best outcomes. A major risk of pituitary tumor resection is a CSF leak after the tumor is removed. In all cases, we place a vascularized nasoseptal flap over the tumor resection site to ensure there is no leak. This is the best possible repair of the skull base defect created from the tumor removal and our team is highly skilled at performing these repairs. Dr. Kuperan’s super specialized expertise and experience as a Rhinologist will make sure you get the best treatment to quickly and safely remove your pituitary tumor.
Pituitary tumor surgery at Houston Advanced Nose & Sinus is a unique experience. Every procedure is performed using the latest technology by Dr. Kuperan who is one of the few fellowship certified nose and sinus experts in all of Texas, and his neurosurgical colleagues. In addition, the procedure is done using an endoscope (small camera) in the nose that allows for superior visualization of the pituitary tumor and it is all done through the natural nostril opening without any visible cuts or scars. You will then recover in the hospital until you are ready to go home. This is a highly advanced and technically challenging procedure that is typically only performed by fellowship certified sinus experts and their neurosurgical colleagues. If you are interested in a pituitary tumor surgery evaluation, call us at (832) 720-NOSE or email us.