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Hospital offering less invasive procedure for pituitary tumors

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Hospital offering less invasive procedure for pituitary tumors

Surgeons at Sacred Heart Hospital are using a new minimally-invasive approach to remove pituitary tumors located at the base of the brain.

Pituitary tumors are often a silent condition. Paris Dancey had noticed for awhile something was wrong. He was tired and gaining weight.

He said, "I thought it was stress, doing a lot of work and not taking care of my body correctly."

It was his wife who made him go to the doctor, especially when she noticed his eyes were bulging out.

"I was hearing from friends and family, they noticed a swelling in my face and my eyes were starting to bulge out."

Sacred Heart neurosurgeon, Dr. Sam Critides found he had a pituitary tumor at the base of his brain. He explained it's common that people like Paris don't always notice.

"They tend to be tumors that will grow and extend without any symptoms," Dr. Critides explained.

The pituitary gland controls many functions in the body so the tumor needed to be removed. In the past, it was an open surgery. This approach called endonasal endoscopic surgery allows surgeons to do it with a scope the size of a small straw, without having to cut the face or the skull.

There is less recovery time and it's overall less invasive.

Paris said, "The next day my wife was trying to keep me down, but I was up. It was up my nose and just needed a bandage on it."