Comprehensive Care | Surgical Techniques

Specialized, Comprehensive Care

Pituitary tumors are among the most common skull-based tumors, and while they often are benign and grow slowly, they can become a concern when they impact function by compressing critical structures in the brain.

Our NorthShore Neurological Institute multidisciplinary specialists are nationally renowned in the medical and surgical treatment of skull base tumors, pituitary tumors and other skull base conditions. Our commitment to care and advanced, minimally invasive surgical techniques distinguishes our program from others across the region.

Our fellowship-trained team is among the most experienced in country, providing expert diagnosis and innovative treatment options to patients with a variety of skull base and pituitary tumors, including gliomas, meningiomas, schwannomasas well as specific conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia, acoustic neuroma, brain aneurysm, arteriovenous malformations (AVM), cavernous malformations and others.

Advanced Surgical Techniques

Our NorthShore Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery Program experts use the most advanced technology to provide minimally invasive treatment options, resulting in faster recovery times and hidden or no incisions. Depending on a patient’s unique situation and relevant symptoms, our neurosurgical team partners closely with neuro-oncology and otolaryngology experts to ensure the best treatment plan.

The two most commonly used minimally invasive surgical approaches to remove pituitary tumors, acoustic neuroma and trigeminal neuralgia —allowing for tumors to be removed through very small incisions hidden in either the eyebrow or hair, or through the nose—include:

  • Endoscopic Endonasal approach
    This innovative approach is accomplished through the use of specialized surgical instruments that are placed inside the nasal cavity to gain access to certain areas of the brain, skull and upper spine.
  • Keyhole approach
    This approach uses a combinations of microscopes placed behind the eyebrow or hair line to gain access to the brain and skull base. 

Our team of experts is trained and able to apply additional techniques as well, including: endoscope-assisted, retrosigmoid and translabyrinthine approaches among others.

For some patients, regular surveillance of the tumor’s growth is sufficient. Others may benefit from medications or radiation therapy, including advanced stereotactic radiosurgery, to shrink their tumors. Upon diagnosis, our team of experts will determine the most effective course of treatment.

For More Information

Please call 877.570.7020 for more information on pituitary tumor symptoms and treatment, or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.