Pituitary Tumor Specialist

CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine -  - Neurosurgery

CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine

Neurosurgery located in Lone Tree, CO & Englewood, CO

The pituitary gland is small, about the size of a pea, but enormously powerful. If you have a pituitary tumor that's causing you problems, the surgeons at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine can help. They use advanced techniques such as Leksell Gamma Knife® radiosurgery to destroy pituitary tumors without invasive surgery. The practice has nine locations in Colorado, including Lone Tree, Englewood, Castle Rock, Denver, Wheat Ridge, Colorado Springs, Parker, Yuma, and Lamar. To schedule a consultation, call CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine.

Pituitary Tumor Q & A

What is a pituitary tumor?

A pituitary tumor is a growth on the pituitary gland at the base of your skull. This gland produces certain hormones and controls hormone release from other glands such as the thyroid, adrenals, testes, and ovaries.

The hormones for which the pituitary gland is responsible perform essential functions that affect your:

  • Growth and development
  • Reproduction
  • Blood pressure regulation
  • Immune response
  • Metabolism
  • Digestion

Most pituitary tumors are benign (non-cancerous). They're very common, and many people have them without experiencing any symptoms. The tumor might start causing problems if it damages the hormone-releasing cells or starts pressing on a nerve.

What symptoms can a pituitary tumor cause?

Pituitary tumors can cause a wide variety of symptoms that affect numerous different systems in your body. Some of the more common pituitary tumor symptoms include :

  • Developmental delays
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Weight change
  • Headaches
  • Vision problems
  • Feeling cold
  • Fewer periods
  • Insufficient breast milk when lactating
  • Loss of libido

Pituitary tumors that interfere with hormone production are known as functioning tumors. They can cause conditions such as Cushing's syndrome, gigantism, and acromegaly.

While malignant (cancerous) pituitary tumors are rare, it's essential to get an expert diagnosis at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine if you have any symptoms.

What treatments are there for pituitary tumors?

Factors like age and health, and the size, type, and location of your pituitary tumor can all have a bearing on deciding the best course of treatment.      

If your pituitary tumor symptoms are mild, your provider at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine might recommend monitoring the development of the growth and your symptoms. This monitoring is known as watchful waiting.

If your pituitary tumor does require intervention, options include surgical removal of the mass and chemotherapy to destroy the abnormal cells.

One advanced technique the team at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine uses is Leksell Gamma KnifeĀ® radiosurgery.

How does Gamma Knife radiosurgery treat pituitary tumors?

The Gamma Knife procedure is a type of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). It doesn't require any incisions but uses focused beams of radiation to penetrate your skin and destroy the pituitary tumor.

Each beam has little effect on its own, but the Gamma Knife directs 200 such beams, so they meet in the tumor. The result is highly accurate destruction of the growth with minimal effect on the surrounding brain tissue.

If you have concerns about pituitary tumor symptoms, the team at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine has the skills and experience to resolve your condition. Call the office to book an appointment.