Pituitary Tumor Removal

The Emory Pituitary Center is among the first pituitary centers in the world to begin using a new and innovative treatment method for the removal of pituitary tumors, a 3D endoscope. Using this minimally invasive tool, a small camera at the end of a narrow operating endoscope, allows the surgeon to see pituitary tumors three dimensionally and navigate the delicate area at the base of the brain more safely.

Surrounding the pituitary gland are nerves that supply the eye with movement and vision, as well as blood vessels that supply the brain with blood. Three-dimensional imaging gives the surgeon depth perception, or a complete appreciation of the size and shape of the pituitary tumor, which is extremely important in an area as delicate as the brain. Neurosurgeons at the Emory Pituitary Center are experienced in treating pituitary tumors and disorders - having performed more than 1,400 pituitary surgical cases while most centers have performed only 300.

Patient Advantages:

  • The endoscopic procedure is minimally invasive – the entire operation is done through the nasal cavity.
  • The likelihood of disturbing other structures in the brain, such as nerves and blood vessels, is decreased because the surgeon can understand the spatial relationships in this delicate area.
  • There is a better chance of removing the entire tumor as the surgeon has a panoramic view and can see three dimensionally; there is also a light source closer to the operating field.

Why Emory?

There are clear reasons why U.S. News & World Report ranked Emory as a top hospital for neurology and neurosurgery. We are one of the few centers worldwide using the 3D endoscope to remove pituitary tumors, with Emory doctors preforming more than 1,400 pituitary surgical cases while most centers have performed about 300.

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