The pituitary gland is the pea-sized gland located at the base of the brain. It controls the production of various hormones and plays a key role in several functions of the body, such as growth, fat distribution, metabolism, and blood pressure, among others. Thus, pituitary gland disorders can cause a wide range of symptoms, making them more challenging to diagnose.
For effective diagnosis and management of pituitary disorders, patients require advanced specialist treatment. If not locally available in their location, one of the best sources of specialised medical treatment is Southeast Asia. Currently at the head of the pack in the medical tourism industry, the region has seen tremendous growth over the past decade. This is due mainly to the region’s high-standard healthcare facilities, highly qualified and internationally trained doctors and nurses, and affordable costs for all treatments and procedures.
With several Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited hospitals in the region, visiting patients do not have to wait a long time to receive treatment. This is a major relief for patients suffering from severe pituitary gland disorders. A pituitary tumour, which is the most common type of pituitary disorder, can cause hypersecretion or hyposecretion, in which too many or too little hormones are produced in the body. The earlier patients receive treatment, such as hormone therapy, radiation therapy for the tumour, or surgery, the better their long-term prognosis will be.
Southeast Asia’s highly qualified doctors and surgeons can also offer patients safer yet more effective treatment options. The region’s massive growth is partly due to its heavy investment in new medical technologies and techniques, such as minimally invasive procedures. For disorders of the pituitary glands, many neurosurgeons in Singapore and Thailand offer transsphenoidal microsurgery, in which they approach the tumour through the sphenoid sinus cavity in the nose with the use of a surgical microscope. This eliminates the need for a highly complicated open skull surgery.
With lower costs and safer treatments, Southeast Asia is understandably one of the best medical tourism destinations for patients with pituitary gland disorders.