If your doctor recommended surgery to treat your pituitary condition, you may be wondering what to expect during the procedure. Our neurosurgeons are trained in using the latest minimally invasive procedures. Our goal is to perform the most effective surgery while minimizing discomfort, your hospital stay and the recovery period.
An endoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove pituitary tumors. An endoscope is thin, flexible lighted tube with a camera at the end. It provides your surgeon with a high-resolution, magnified view of the operating area. Your doctor uses specially designed microsurgical instruments along with the endoscope to dissect and remove tumors.
Pituitary endoscopic surgery is called an expanded endonasal approach (EEA) and benefits include:
Your doctor inserts the endoscope and instruments through your nose, eliminating the need for a facial incision. There is no visible scar and fewer side effects. You are often able to go home the day after surgery.
Your surgical team includes an endoscopic sinus (head and neck) surgeon and a neurosurgeon. This surgery requires intense preparation and collaboration among your team. The UCLA Pituitary Tumor Program is one of the few programs in the country using this unique, collaborate approach.
During the surgery:
Sometimes, your doctor may feel that the endoscopic approach is not the best for you. In some cases, another minimally invasive technique may be a better option. Our neurosurgeons have extensive experience in performing all types of surgery, including the minimally invasive "keyhole surgery," which uses the eyebrows to hide the incision.
To schedule an appointment with one of our physicians at the Pituitary Tumor Program, please call (310) 825 5111.