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What Is Pituitary Tumor Surgery?

The pituitary gland, nestled within a small cavity at the base of the brain, plays a crucial role in hormone regulation. Pituitary tumors, though often benign, can lead to a range of complications as they enlarge. Symptoms may include vision impairment, double vision, eyelid drooping, severe headaches, and hormonal imbalances manifesting as lightheadedness, excessive thirst, fatigue, and cold intolerance. Treatment typically involves surgical removal, either transsphenoidally through the sinus cavities behind the nose or transcranially through the skull.

While these procedures are generally safe in the hands of experienced surgeons, it’s imperative for patients to ensure their surgical team, comprising both an otorhinolaryngologist and a neurosurgeon, possesses specialized training and significant experience in pituitary tumor surgeries. Despite the high standards of care, surgical errors can occur, leading to injuries. Burnside Law Firm in Augusta and Athens, Georgia, specializes in representing individuals harmed due to such errors during pituitary tumor removal surgeries, providing them with the legal support they need.

Pituitary Tumor Surgery Complications

Pituitary tumor surgery, like any surgical procedure, inherently carries the risk of complications. Due to the intricate positioning of the pituitary gland adjacent to the skull base, meticulous attention to the angle of approach and a comprehensive understanding of the surrounding anatomy are paramount for the operating surgeon. Neglecting to maintain proper technique and awareness during the procedure can lead to inadvertent penetration of the skull base, resulting in potential damage to delicate brain tissue and surrounding arteries. While it’s acknowledged that certain injuries may be inevitable despite the surgeon’s best efforts, there are instances where harm occurs due to clear negligence on the part of the surgical team. Such negligence encompasses a failure to exercise the requisite degree of skill and care expected from surgeons in similar circumstances, underscoring the importance of diligence and expertise in every aspect of pituitary tumor surgery. Injuries which can occur include:

  • Damage to the carotid arteries leading to stroke or death: During pituitary tumor surgery, there’s a risk of inadvertently injuring the carotid arteries, which are vital blood vessels supplying oxygenated blood to the brain. Such damage can result in severe consequences, including stroke due to impaired blood flow to parts of the brain or even death in extreme cases.
  • Permanent loss of vision: The optic nerves, which are crucial for vision, are located in close proximity to the pituitary gland. Consequently, any damage to these nerves during surgery can lead to permanent vision impairment or even total loss of vision.
  • Spinal fluid leak or spinal cord damage: Pituitary tumor surgery may inadvertently cause a leak of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) due to breach of the dura mater, the protective membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Additionally, there’s a risk of spinal cord damage, particularly during procedures involving the removal of tumors extending into the spinal canal. Both CSF leaks and spinal cord injuries can result in prolonged postoperative recovery, increased risk of infection and potential long-term neurological deficits.
  • Infection and/or meningitis: Any surgical procedure carries a risk of infection, and pituitary tumor surgery is no exception. Infection can occur at the surgical site or may manifest as meningitis, an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Prompt recognition and management of infections are crucial to prevent complications such as abscess formation, sepsis, or potentially life-threatening meningitis.
  • Brain injury or brain damage: The delicate nature of the brain makes it susceptible to injury during pituitary tumor surgery, particularly in cases where the tumor is closely intertwined with critical brain structures. Inadvertent damage to brain tissue can result in various neurological deficits, including cognitive impairment, motor dysfunction or sensory disturbances. Minimizing the risk of brain injury requires meticulous surgical technique, comprehensive preoperative imaging studies, and intraoperative monitoring to ensure the preservation of neurological function and minimize the potential for postoperative complications.

These potential complications collectively underscore the gravity of pituitary tumor surgery and the imperative for patients and surgical teams alike to remain vigilant and proactive in managing and mitigating these risks throughout the surgical process.

Seeking Justice After Pituitary Tumor Surgery Complications: Contact Burnside Law Firm

The experienced legal team at Burnside Law Firm in Augusta and Athens, GA, has a proven track record of effectively advocating for individuals who have sustained injuries during surgical removal of pituitary tumors. Our attorneys possess a deep understanding of the complexities involved in medical malpractice claims related to pituitary tumor surgery and are dedicated to seeking justice and fair compensation for our clients. With a commitment to providing personalized attention and compassionate representation, we strive to empower victims and their families throughout the legal process. If you or a loved one has been harmed due to surgical errors during pituitary tumor removal, we encourage you to contact one of our skilled attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP for a complimentary consultation. During this confidential discussion, we can assess the details of your case, explain your legal rights and options, and provide guidance on the best course of action moving forward. Your journey to seeking accountability and securing rightful compensation begins with a simple phone call to our law firm.

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Thomas R. Burnside III Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor is an experienced trial attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. At the Burnside Law Firm, Robert devotes his practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness and represents those who have been injured in automobile collisions or tractor-trailer accidents; because of a slip and fall; and in other general negligence actions.

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Ashton Revollo

Ashton is a trial lawyer in Augusta, GA who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered serious injuries or damages due to the negligent or reckless conduct of others, including automobile wrecks, job-related accidents, unsafe premises, or defective
products. Before beginning his practice, Ashton obtained his J.D., at Emory University School of Law, where he gained valuable courtroom experience as an intern assisting the District Attorney for DeKalb
County. After his time at Emory, Ashton received experience as a trial attorney at a respected personal injury firm in Atlanta before moving to Augusta. Over the course of his career, Ashton has assisted deserving clients in recovering millions of dollars in injury cases throughout Georgia.

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    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320


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    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264