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About Pituitary Tumors and other natural orifice surgeries

Other natural orifice surgeries. Sentara CarePlex Hospital is among only 2 hospitals in Virginia to offer removal of mid to upper rectal tumors through the anus, instead of through the abdomen. This new procedure is decreasing hospital stays from 10 days to about 24 hours with no visible scars, essentially no pain, and fewer complications.

About Pituitary Tumors. Pituitary tumors are the third most common type of primary brain tumors (those originating in the brain) in adults and account for 10-15 percent of all intra-cranial tumors. 1 Most pituitary tumors are noncancerous, grow slowly, and do not spread to other parts of the body. Symptoms resulting from a pituitary tumor’s pressure on surrounding tissue may include vision loss, headaches, nausea, vomiting, decreased libido, or increased tiredness. Other symptoms caused by the tumor’s production of too many hormones include heat or cold intolerance, abnormal growth, high blood pressure, loss of menstrual periods in women, or breast enlargement and milk secretion.

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