Acromegaly may be treated with hormone-suppressing drugs or with radiation to shrink a pituitary tumor, but first-line treatment is surgery by neurosurgeons and otolaryngological (ENT) surgeons. Removing the pituitary tumor is usually a cure for acromegaly. (More about Pituitary and Skull Base Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine.)
Dr. Theodore Schwartz, who heads up the Pituitary and Anterior Skull Base Service at Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery, is an internationally known pioneer in minimally invasive surgery and endoscopic surgical techniques for pituitary tumors, and has been featured widely in news articles covering this fast-developing field. Dr. Schwartz has traveled throughout the world training neurosurgeons in these advanced techniques, bringing these new surgical procedures to surgeons in China, India, and Singapore, to name a few. He is internationally known as one of the top neurosurgeons in the United States for acromegaly and other pituitary disorders.
Dr. Schwartz works with several colleagues to create the best treatment plan for patients with acromegaly, including those who specialize in neuroendocrinology, stereotactic radiosurgery, and endoscopic endonasal surgery. The providers at Weill Cornell Medicine who treat acromegaly and the pituitary tumors that cause it include: