Acromegaly treatment will depend on multiple factors, including the size and location of the tumor, age, and overall health condition of the patient. Treatment options include:
Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Surgery
Orange County neurosurgeon Robert Louis, MD, specializes in minimally invasive endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery for the removal of acromegaly. This sophisticated procedure removes the tumor while minimizing complications, hospital time, trauma, and discomfort. Dr. Louis has specialized skills and training with this advanced technique. Read more about Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Surgery.
Sometimes use of medication, and not surgery may be the best initial course of treatment. However, in most cases, patients require a combination of medical and surgical treatment to control acromegaly. Acromegaly medications are prescribed to help normalize or suppress growth hormone production and address symptoms of soft tissue swelling, headache, joint pains, and sleep apnea.
Radiation therapy for acromegaly is recommended for some patients when surgery and medication are not sufficient to control acromegaly. Radiation therapy involves a highly focused dose of radiation to the tumor. It takes an average of 18 months to lower the GH and IGF-1 levels. Continued long-term follow-up with an endocrinologist is recommended after radiotherapy for acromegaly.