Surgical treatment of a pituitary tumor is often necessary when it causes
any variety of hormone problems, compressing important nerves and arteries
at the base of the brain, or when the tumor is putting pressure on optic
nerves, bringing on loss of vision. Surgical success rates depend on the
location, type and size of tumor, and whether it has spread to surrounding areas.
There are two
types of pituitary surgery including the minimally invasive endoscopic transsphenoidal approach and
the transcranial approach, also known as craniotomy.
Revolutionizing Preparation for Brain Surgery
Hoag recently became Orange County's first and only hospital to treat
neurosurgery patients using the same sophisticated software platform that
powers today’s highly immersive and realistic computer games.
Developed by a company called Surgical Theater, Surgical Navigation Advanced
Platform, or SNAP software blends medical imaging with the latest gaming
technology and 3D virtual reality systems. The result is an extraordinarily
advanced imaging tool that revolutionizes the way neurosurgeons prepare
for and perform delicate cranial procedures.