Why is recovery from pituitary surgery so damn slow?

From the Cushing’s Awareness Challenge: “For a lot Cushing’s patients, the hardest thing to deal with after surgery is uncertainty regarding whether you are actually in remission or not. This might be very difficult for family and friends that never had Cushing’s to really understand. You had surgery, a tumor was removed – how can you not tell if you are better?”

a tale of two tumors

For a lot Cushing’s patients, the hardest thing to deal with after surgery is uncertainty regarding whether you are actually in remission or not. This might be very difficult for family and friends that never had Cushing’s to really understand.  You had surgery, a tumor was removed – how can you not tell if you are better?

Well, it is just not that simple!   For starters, the pituitary gland is has just been sliced up like a loaf of Wonder Bread (literally – in addition to removing tumors that have been located in advance, most surgeons explore the gland during surgery to make sure no other tiny tumors are missed) and it needs time to recover.  If you had knee surgery and the surgeon sliced your knee up in multiple locations, you wouldn’t expect to just pop out of the recovery room and start skipping around.  Recovery from  pituitary…

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