Removal of the pituitary gland.

Surgical removal of the hypophysis or pituitary gland.

The surgical removal of the hypophysis (pituitary gland). Hypophysectomy is usually performed to slow the growth of some cancers such as breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer. It is also used to eradicate pituitary tumors, which cause the majority of disorders of the pituitary gland. It can be used to treat disorders such as Cushing syndrome and acromegaly. Hypophysectomy is also sometimes performed to treat a prolactinoma or a craniopharyngioma.

The surgical removal or destruction of the pituitary gland (hypophysis) in the brain. The operation may be conducted by opening the skull or by inserting special needles that produce a very low temperature.

Surgical excision of the pituitary gland. This can be done by opening the skull, by inserting very low-temperature needles (cryosurgery) into the gland, or by inserting needles of radioactive yttrium-90.

Hypophysectomy is the surgical procedure involving the removal or destruction of the pituitary gland, which may also be achieved through radiotherapy. This operation is often performed to treat a pituitary tumor. After hypophysectomy, lifelong hormone treatment becomes necessary due to the inevitable development of hypopituitarism.