Pituitary Operation – 2 days postoperative

Wow – hello everybody!

Day after Transsphenoidal Surgery

Photo taken day after transsphenoidal surgery for acromegaly. Now, when is the next beer festival?

It’s about 48 hours since I came round from surgery for ‘transspehenoidal resection of pituitary adeonoma’. That’s a way of saying that I’ve come round from surgery that involved going up my nose to remove a lump that was clinging onto the pituitary gland.

Pituitary Gland?

The pituitary gland is a baked-bean sized gland in normal people, and so when there’s a growth on it, the growth will tend to squash it a bit.

The pituitary gland (remember baked bean here) is in it’s very own little pocket of bone. In the same way that baked beans come it tins, then pitutary comes in its own special container.

Luckily enough this little pocket is accessible through the nostril, where they remove a tiny bit of bone away so they can access the lump and coax it out with surgical instruments.

Obviously it’s very highly specialised neurosurgery, like picking the lock of the back door through the letter box of the front door. It’s not in the realms of a Dremel drill, a drinking straw and a bottle of superglue.

So how am I now – 2 days later?

So after what might be considered ‘brain surgery’ (which isn’t very strictly true), and two days on I am very happy to report that I’m very much alive and kicking!

Anyhow, I’m here sat upright in a chair, fully dressed, with my little laptop fired up. I have no pain, and despite not really needing them today I’d taken a couple of paracetamol (that’s ‘acetaminophen’ to my friends across the pond!).

Red Socks

I was delighted to see my surgeon earlier (KG) when he came to visit me, with him beaming from ear to ear. He brought me the heartwarming message of “The man with the red socks passes on his good wishes” – he meant, of course, the Professor. It was a very welcome message indeed.

Am I ‘cured’?

The surgeon emphasized that we won’t know thechance of ‘remission’ (loosely, ‘cure’) until blood tests are carried out to see the levels of growth hormone in my system (that the lump [tumour] has been pumping out whilst hitching a ride on my pituitary gland).

I feel that I still have high levels of growth hormone in my system as my nose is oily, I have tingling in my hands at times and the eyes have been running. It could be early days, and it doesn’t dampen my optimism of being one day ‘biochemically controlled’ (with medication) and so continue the wonderful privilege and spectrum of life that we all share.


I wish to thank all the medical teams, in Fairfield Hospital (SR), Moorgate Family Practice (SDv), The Christie (MR, Prof, Fiona, Sharon & all), and of course all at Salford Royal (especially KG) where I am at the moment, to my sister for diagnosing me, my family for being there for me, my gorgeous wife for being such a fundamental support and having to put up with me!

My thanks to all that have prayed for me and that are still praying! Keep at it – get those knee-pads out if need be!