pituitary surgery northern virginia

Pituitary Surgery

 

“If a doctor tells you that you need a craniotomy for a pituitary tumor, be skeptical! This is rarely true, even for the largest tumors.”

We specialize in the removal of pituitary adenomas.

Cerebrum MD has evaluated 1000 patients with pituitary tumors since opening its doors in 2013.  When surgery is needed, we operate using a technique that spares the normal pituitary gland, known as sub-capsular microdissection.  With this technique, we operate and remove tumors from within the gland, where they originate, rather than trying to simply suction or curette out the tumors.  By doing so, we preserve the remaining gland, allowing it to continue providing the patients with their normal hormones.

In other words, if your gland is working before surgery, this technique allows it to continue to work after surgery.  It also helps prevent the leakage of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) during and after the procedure.

Dr. Watson’s extensive training and surgical experience with over 500 operations in this area enables him to more accurately remove a tumor without the assistance of radiation imaging.  This means his patients are not exposed to harmful radiation during surgery that can have effects later in life, such as new tumors of the brain and thyroid.

Furthermore we do not need an MRI on the day of surgery, which can be expensive, time consuming and stifling.  Endoscopic and microscopic techniques are chosen based on the tumor type and the patient’s anatomy.

Dr. Watson has presented multiple presentations and published multiple scientific articles on pituitary disease and its surgery.  He is a co-author of the renown chapter on a pituitary tumor disease entitled “Cushing’s Disease” in Schmidek and Sweet: Operative Neurosurgical Techniques, 6th Edition, with his mentor, Ed Oldfield, MD.