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Ahead of Print: Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Pituitary Surgery: Evidence of an Operative Learning Curve
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Paul Leach, FRCS, Ahmed A. Abou-Zeid, MD, Tara Kearney, MD, Julian Davis, PhD, Peter Trainer, PhD, Kanna K. Gnanalingham, PhD
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the evidence of an operative learning curve after the introduction of endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery in our unit.
METHODS: The first 125 patients who underwent endoscopic transnasal transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary fossa lesions between 2005 and 2007 performed by 1 surgeon were studied. Changes in a number of parameters were assessed between 2 equal 15-month time periods: period 1 (53 patients) and period 2 (72 patients).