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Image-guided Endoscopic Pituitary Tumor Surgery

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Advances in modern surgical techniques have given surgeons new, minimally invasive options. For the treatment of pituitary tumors, image-guided endoscopic surgery offers surgeons greater precision and patients fewer side effects and complications. This type of surgery uses a lighted, thin tube called an endoscope to give the surgeon a better view of the surgical area without the need for an incision; in addition, image guiding adds three-dimensional views of the area being treated through data previously gathered from CT scans, giving the surgeon an even better look at the pituitary tumor being removed. The experts at Florida Hospital are trained in all the latest surgical advances, including image-guided endoscopic pituitary tumor surgery. 

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Image-guided endoscopic pituitary tumor surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that uses modern imaging technology to help surgeons remove pituitary tumors without the need for incisions and at a lower risk to the patient. In an endoscopic pituitary surgery—the most common procedure for removing tumors from the pituitary gland, which is located at the bottom of the brain and above the inside of the nose—a thin, rigid tube called an endoscope, which has a microscope, light and camera built into it, is inserted through the nose, allowing the surgeon to monitor the procedure on a screen while the instruments used to remove the tumor are inserted through the other nostril.

On their own, endoscopes provide surgeons with a greater degree of comfort and maneuverability during the procedure; they give surgeons a wider or more adjustable field of view, as well as the ability to get closer to the pituitary gland and tumors and less disruption to the tissues, as the instruments are smaller. Adding image guiding can allow for even greater precision. Image guidance uses the data acquired during preoperative CT scans and downloaded into a computer workstation to develop a three-dimensional view of the surgical area. Before surgery, the patient is fitted with a headset equipped with either an infrared or electromagnetic signaling device. This device enables the coordinates of the surgical instrument being used to be displayed on a computer monitor alongside real-time video obtained from the endoscope. 

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