Reno Treatment for Pituitary Tumors
Pituitary tumors are abnormal tissue masses that can develop in the pituitary gland. Most of these tumors are non-cancerous (benign) growths, referred to as adenomas. These tumors do not spread to other parts of the body and usually pose no problems. They can, however, cause other problems that warrant removal. Dr. Sina Rajamand and his team of specialists at Battle Born Brain and Spine provide skilled treatment for pituitary tumors, including surgical removal, for patients in and around Reno and Carson City, Nevada.
Smaller pituitary tumors, called microadenomas (less than one centimeter), may be accidentally discovered with advanced imaging for another cause or symptom; they typically cause no problems and are usually monitored by your physician. Larger tumors, called macroadenomas (larger than one centimeter) often exert pressure on the pituitary gland or other nearby structures, causing symptoms. These can include:
- Vision loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Feeling cold
- Unintended weight gain or loss
- Hormonal deficiencies
Many macroadenomas cause an overproduction of different hormones that create a wide variety of symptoms. They can include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Muscle weakness
- High blood pressure
- Excess sweating
- Exaggerated growth patterns
- Increased bruising
- Joint pain
- Increased body hair
- Menstrual problems
Carson City Surgical Treatment for Pituitary Tumors
Neurosurgery for removal of a pituitary tumor is usually recommended when it causes problematic symptoms and/or risks damage to nearby structures or your overall health. Dr. Rajamand is a skilled neurosurgeon who can determine which type of surgical procedure will work best, depending on the location, size and type of tumor and if it has invaded surrounding tissues.
Pituitary tumors can often be removed through the nose and sinuses by using an endoscope. No external incision is necessary, meaning no part of the brain is affected, and there is no visible scar. Healing and recovery are much faster. Larger tumors may require a different approach. A craniotomy is usually the better option for larger tumors or those that have invaded brain tissue or become entangled in nearby nerves. This procedure uses an incision in your scalp to remove a small portion of your skull, which is usually replaced.
Dr. Rajamand will explain more about each procedure and his recommendations when you schedule an exam and consultation with him at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno.