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Surgery to remove the affected gland is the mainstay of treatment for pituitary tumors. Typical kinds of surgeries are:
A transsphenoidal hypophysectomy, which removes the tumor through a cut in the nasal passage.
A craniotomy, which removes the tumor through a cut in the front of the skull.
Stanford surgeons have extensive experience operating on patients with pituitary disease, particularly in managing complex cases of disease. Intraoperative endoscopy, an innovative technique which has dramatically increased the ability of the neurosurgeon to achieve more complete tumor excision, is available for larger tumors (macroadenomas).
Our medical staff of neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, neuro-otologists, head and neck surgeons, endocrinologists, and radiation oncologists coordinate advanced medical and surgical care, including radiosurgery and skull base surgery for patients with these tumors.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
For your convenience, you may check in for all same-day appointments at the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center through a centralized, check-in desk near the front lobby. In addition to all outpatient services, you also can access onsite pre-surgery consultations at the center.
We provide 24 hour coverage for our patients. Pituitary Center patients may reach the staff at 650-721-1020. After hours, patients may contact the answering service at 650-723-6661 to reach the Pituitary Center physician on call.
PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
Patients should bring the following:
Copies of your medical records/discharge summary/physician notes
A copy of your X-rays
A copy of your lab reports
If you are presently under medications, bring them with you to your appointment
Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.
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