Pituitary Surgery

When you have pituitary surgery at Cedars-Sinai, you'll get care from nationally renowned neurosurgeons, including pituitary tumor specialists. We offer surgical technologies that lead to safer procedures and a more comfortable recovery. Our team's experience performing a high number of procedures helps more patients achieve excellent results.

Pituitary Surgery at Cedars-Sinai: Why Choose Us?

Cedars-Sinai is home to one of the most comprehensive pituitary surgery programs in California. Surgeons work alongside other pituitary experts, including endocrinologists, to develop personalized care plans. This team also coordinates tests and additional treatments, so you have a seamless care experience.

Highlights of our program include:

Innovative Therapies

We excel in using minimally invasive techniques, such as the endoscopic endonasal approach, to perform delicate procedures that lead to little or no scarring. Patients typically recover faster and with less pain.

Complete Care

Some conditions require medications or hormone supplements after surgery. At Cedars-Sinai, you receive ongoing care from experts who understand your needs. We tailor therapies to help you feel your best after the procedure and for years to come. Read more about medical and hormone replacement therapy for endocrine disorders.


Our experts are leading research efforts, giving you access to the best available care. Studies include evaluating preoperative imaging techniques that make surgery more precise. Read more about our neurosciences research.

About Endoscopic Endonasal (Transsphenoidal) Pituitary Surgery

The pituitary gland's location (above the inside of your nose) makes it challenging to access. In most cases, we use the endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal approach.

Our pituitary surgery experts access the surgical area using a camera and sophisticated instruments we insert through your nostrils:

  • The camera provides a magnified view of the surgical area
  • The instruments allow us to remove tissue with a high degree of precision

Benefits of the transsphenoidal approach include:

  • Safety: Doctors can access pituitary tumors without disrupting nearby healthy tissue. 
  • Shorter recovery time: Most patients stay in the hospital for two days and resume normal activities within two weeks. 
  • No cosmetic concerns: There is no facial scarring or bruising.

Have Questions or Need Help?

If you need a diagnosis, treatment or second opinion, call the Endocrine Surgery care team. You can also have us call you back at your convenience.

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