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What is the definition or description of: transsphenoidal surgery?

What is the definition or description of: transsphenoidal surgery?

Through the sphenoid: Transphenoidal surgery is when an approach is taken to reach a lesion through the sphenoid sinus. This type of surgery is usually done endoscopically through the nose or with microscopes from under the lip. It is most often performed by a team of an otolaryngologist and neurosurgeon to remove tumors in the pituitary area and skullbase. ...Read more

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Dr. Soren Singel
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Transsphenoidal Surgery (Definition)

Small instruments are used thru the nose into the base of the brain. It used to operate on the pituitary gland. It is named because you go thru the sphenoid bone at th ...Read more


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What is involved in transsphenoidal surgery?

What is involved in transsphenoidal surgery?

A lot: Surgery is done through one/ both nostrils. The microscope/ endoscope are used to drill the base of the skull and then the pituitary dura (covering of the brain) is opened. Then the tumor is resected slowly with gentle dissection. The major risks are sinusitis, brain fluid leak, and pituitary hormone problems (urinating too much , low energy, etc). The rare risks are stroke/death. Consult md. ...Read more

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What is transsphenoidal surgery used to treat?

What is transsphenoidal surgery used to treat?

Skull base tumors : The sphenoid is a sinus (empty space surrounded by bone) located in the center of the head, at the base of the skull. Certain brain tumors, such as pituitary tumors, can be accessed through the sphenoid sinus via the nose. ...Read more

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What is the incidence of trigeminal neuropathic pain following transsphenoidal surgery?

What is the incidence of trigeminal neuropathic pain following transsphenoidal surgery?

Low: Although portions of the trigeminal nerve pass closely to the pituitary through the cavernous sinus, it's not a common problem after transsphenoidal surgery. That being said, there may be irritation of the nerve after surgery and a proper tincture of time for healing should be allowed. Your surgeon should be able to help you through this. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Cant get back abs-- surgery complications?

Cant get back abs-- surgery complications?

Abs: I presume you mean abdominal strength and definition. You dont say what type of sirgery you had but if it was andominal you will lose considerable abdominal strength. This may take 6 months to yr to regain. Make sure its ok with your dr before doing any vigorous core muscle exercises. ...Read more

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Hydrocele surgery complications, what to do?

Hydrocele surgery complications, what to do?

Few: Generally well tolerated, but some swelling, tenderness, bruising are common and resolve in a few weeks. ...Read more

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What are gallbladder surgery complications?

What are gallbladder surgery complications?

Many but rare: Pain, bleeding, infections, bile duct injury, bile leak, retained stones in the abdomen or in the bile ducts, injury to the intestine, injury to the liver, post cholecystectomy syndrome. ...Read more

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What are common meniscus surgery complications?

What are common meniscus surgery complications?

Swelling: Swelling or fluid in the knee is most common minor complication after meniscus surgery. Its easily drained by your surgeon. Other complications are recurrent tearing of the meniscus, persistent pain, infection, bleeding, joint stiffness or loss or range of motion, and damage to neurovascular structures are remotely possible. Some of these complications may require addition surgery. Overall, meniscus surgery has a very high success rate. ...Read more

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What are the most common back surgery complications?

What are the most common back surgery complications?

See list : There are many potential complications associated with spine surgery. The most common are as follows: infection, dural tear, epidural hematoma's, damage to the spinal cords and/or spinal nerves, thrombophlebitis, anesthetic complications, hardware breakage, persistent pain. This is not an all inclusive list. You should talk to your spinal surgeon. ...Read more

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Gallbladder surgery complications. I still have pain?

Gallbladder surgery complications. I still have pain?

See your surgeon: I do not know when you had the surgery. Was it recent or longer time ago? Pains early after surgery not uncommon, but if getting worse with nausea and vomiting need to see your surgeon soon. If the surgery was more than 4-6 weeks ago see your surgeon or a gastroenterologist for other evaluations. ...Read more