• Overview

Or call us on

0300 123 6200

Problems with the pituitary gland are rare but they may include benign (non-cancerous) growths or tumours.

Your pituitary gland produces hormones to control the function of several other glands in your body including:

  • Adrenal glands (help the body deal with stress)
  • Thyroid (controls heart rate, temperature and metabolism)
  • Ovaries (women)
  • Testes (men)

As a central part of your endocrine system, your pituitary gland releases hormones to stimulate these glands or depress them as needed.

Your pituitary gland is located at the base of your brain just under the bridge of your nose. Normally is about the size of a pea.

Left untreated your pituitary gland may not function correctly causing an increase or decrease in your hormonal balance. Your consultant may recommend surgery to remove the tumour.

There are several methods of tumour removal. Most are minimally invasive meaning removal may be done through your nose and sinuses using a small tube with a special lens at the end called an endoscope. CT or MRI scans may also help your consultant safely remove a tumour.

In some cases an incision in your skull (craniotomy) may be required - for example if your surgeon cannot reach the tumour through your nose. However, craniotomies are less common these days. Be sure and discuss what method will be used with your consultant.

Ways to pay

Nuffield Health promise

Our prices are all-inclusive. We will equal any comparable price. There are no time limits on your aftercare.

Paying for yourself

There are no hidden costs in our treatment prices. The price you see is the price you pay.

Find out more

Personal medical loan

Spread the cost of treatment with a 10 month interest free personal medical loan.

Find out more

Medical insurance

We work with you and your insurance provider to get you the treatment you need quickly

Find out more