Surgery is a rapid and effective treatment. The surgeon reaches the pituitary through an incision in the nose and, with special tools, removes the tumor tissue in a procedure called transsphenoidal surgery. The goal is to remove or debulk the tumor.
Success of surgery depends on the size and location of the tumor, and the experience of the neurosurgeon. For example, surgery is more successful with a microadenoma (a tumor less than 10 mm in size) compared with a macroadenoma (tumor greater than 10 mm in size). Overall, about half of patients have normal GH and IGF-1 levels following surgery. With an experienced surgeon, complication rates following surgery are very low.
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.