About Pituitary Adenoma Treatment

A pituitary adenoma is a non-cancerous tumor that develops in the pituitary gland, a small gland located at the base of the brain. These tumors can cause hormonal imbalances or compress vision nerves, leading to a variety of symptoms. Virginia Neurosurgeons can help you understand this condition and your treatment options. Our neurosurgeons are specialists in advanced procedures to address pituitary adenomas, ensuring personalized and effective care for patients.

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Why Choose Virginia Neurosurgeons in Arlington?

Virginia Neurosurgeons is proud to be at the forefront of neurosurgical excellence, offering unparalleled expertise in pituitary adenoma endoscopic resection. Founded in Arlington in 2001, we have emerged as the largest independent neurosurgical group in Northern Virginia. With a legacy of caring for over 30,000 patients from across the United States and beyond, our board-certified neurosurgeons have trained at prestigious institutions and provide comprehensive, compassionate care. Our commitment to ethical, honest practices and an evidence-based approach ensures that patients receive the highest-quality, advanced neurosurgical care in a healing environment. At Virginia Neurosurgeons, we transform lives, offering relief from neurological dysfunction and pain, ultimately enhancing your ability to enjoy life.

Endoscopic Resection for Pituitary Adenoma Treatment

An adenoma is a non-cancerous tumor that originates in glandular tissue, and a pituitary adenoma specifically develops in the pituitary gland, a crucial organ for hormone regulation. Pituitary adenomas can disrupt the normal functioning of the gland, leading to hormonal imbalances that affect various bodily functions, or grow large enough to compress the visual pathway nerves, leading to loss of sight.  Endoscopic resection is a minimally invasive surgical procedure where a small tube with a light and camera (endoscope) is used to remove the adenoma through the nasal passages, avoiding the need for open surgery. This technique offers several benefits, including reduced trauma, quicker recovery, and improved precision. The key advantages of pituitary adenoma endoscopic resection include:

Minimally Invasive:

Compared to traditional open surgery, endoscopic resection does not require an incision on your skin as the tumor is accessed through the nose. 

Faster Recovery:

The less invasive nature of the procedure typically results in a shorter recovery period for patients.

Precise Visualization:

The endoscope provides a clear and magnified view, allowing surgeons to navigate and remove the adenoma more precisely.

Reduced Discomfort:

Patients often experience less postoperative pain and discomfort with endoscopic resection.

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The Procedure

A thorough history and neurologic assessment is paramount in determining the appropriateness of endoscopic resection for a pituitary adenoma. State-of-the-art imaging studies, such as MRI and CT scans, play a crucial role in precisely visualizing the tumor, assessing its size and location, and confirming the appropriateness of the endoscopic approach. Once a detailed diagnosis is confirmed, if our surgeons recommend endoscopic resection, we will walk you through the process step by step:


The patient is administered general anesthesia to ensure comfort throughout the procedure.

Nasal Passage Access:

With the assistance of an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon, the neurosurgeon accesses the pituitary gland through the nasal passages using the endoscope.

Tumor Visualization:

The endoscope provides a clear, magnified view of the pituitary adenoma, allowing the surgeon to precisely visualize the tumor.

Tumor Removal:

Using specialized instruments, the surgeon removes the adenoma through the nasal passages, avoiding the need for larger incisions.


Once the resection is complete, the ENT surgeon closes the nasal passages.

Recovery & Follow-up Care:

  • After the procedure, the patient is monitored in the intensive care unit.
  • Postoperative follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor recovery progress and address any concerns.

Follow-up Care:

Postoperative follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor recovery progress and address any concerns.

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Schedule a Consultation with a Specialist in Performing Pituitary Adenoma Endoscopic Resection

If you or a loved one has a pituitary adenoma, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Virginia Neurosurgeons. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing personalized care and discussing the best treatment options tailored to your specific needs. Take the first step towards improved health and book a consultation with our expert neurosurgeons today.

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