ENT surgeons collaborate with the neurosurgeon to remove the tumor by using your nose as a pathway to access the brain. ENT surgeons with special expertise in endoscopic (minimal access) nasal surgery are trained to assist neurosurgeons in performing this delicate surgery. After surgery sometimes the nose has packing or crusting in it that must be cleaned up and the ENT surgeon will do this work as well. If there is a brain fluid leak after surgery, the ENT surgeon will fix this issue.
What happens in the ENT clinic
The ENT surgeon will examine your nose to assess if it is suitable for a trans-nasal surgery. This is done via nasal endoscopy, a standard and non-painful exam that allows the surgeon to look at the inside of your nose, near where the tumor is. After the endoscopy is completed the ENT surgeon will go over the nasal portion of the surgery with you and answer any questions you may have.
Number of ENT clinic visits required
You will make one pre-operative visit as part of the One-Stop Pituitary clinic, and then typically 1-2 visits after to ensure your nose is healing well.