About Our Center
Being diagnosed with a pituitary tumor or pituitary disorder probably set many questions racing through your mind. Because pituitary tumors and the diseases they cause are rare, many people have no idea what to expect when they are diagnosed, and they often don’t know where to turn next.
If you’re reading this, you’ve turned to the right place. At the Pituitary Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, our specialists believe that patient education and involvement form a vital foundation for the successful treatment of pituitary tumors and disorders. And, because our doctors and nurses treat more people with pituitary disorders than any other team in the Southwest, you can rest assured that you will be in experienced hands once you decide on a course of treatment.
Learn more about the pituitary gland location and how this gland functions.
To learn more about our team of pituitary experts or to request an appointment, please call (602) 406-7585.
The Barrow Difference
Mastering the Master Gland: The Most Experienced Center in the Southwest
No other hospital in the Southwest performs more pituitary surgeries on a yearly basis than Barrow Neurological Institute. In fact, 2018 we performed six times as many pituitary procedures as any other hospital in the state. Patients travel from around the country to come to Barrow. Patients who have surgery by an experienced surgeon have better outcomes than patients who have surgery by a surgeon who only performs the surgery a few times a year.
This experience means that our doctors and nurses have seen nearly every kind of pituitary tumor and disorder imaginable. With this exposure, they have gained invaluable insight that helps them be efficient and effective in administering your care.
Many pituitary disorders can cause problems in your body far beyond the pituitary gland. Our location at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s—the largest hospital in Arizona—means that Barrow patients also have access to a tremendous array of specialists.
Clinical Trials and Research
Not only is Barrow a place to receive the most advanced treatment and care for your pituitary tumor or disorder, we are also a place where you can help contribute to the scientific understanding and therapeutic research surrounding acromegaly, adenomas, gigantism, and other disorders that implicate the pituitary gland.
Certified Neuroscience Nurses
The experience of our staff doesn’t drop off outside of our neurosurgeons and neurologists. All of our nurses at the Barrow Pituitary Center are required to undergo additional rigorous training in the nuances and complexities of advanced neuroscience nursing practice. This guarantees that whenever you see a Barrow nurse at your bedside, you will know you are receiving expert care.
In fact, many of the surgical treatments and medical protocols used on patients here were researched and developed on site and have spread to many other top hospitals the world over.
All of Your Appointments in One Location
Because there is such a diversity of medical knowledge within minutes of our doors, odds are that you will be able to concentrate all of your necessary care under one roof. At Barrow, we refer to this as having a “medical home.” And, as you would expect with anyplace called home, with it comes convenience, comfort, and compassionate care.
What We Treat
Non Functioning Pituitary Adenomas
Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Tumor
Dr. Yuen was able to quickly assess the situation and, over time, has literally given me my life back. He gave me back things that I hadn’t even realized that I was missing out on.
When I went to Barrow and talked to Dr. Little, he made me feel at ease. He then explained the procedure to me which made me feel much better. It was going to be a less-invasive approach than I thought.
Dr. Barranco’s skill, I think, speaks for itself. But the unsung heroes here are the four nurses I had in intensive care. They did more than just follow the doctor’s instructions; they also anticipated what I needed at times when I didn’t even know I needed it.
Tests, Treatments & Procedures
Endoscopic Cranial Surgery
Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
Skull Base Surgery
Kajalben Buddhdev, MD
Ryan Rehl, MD
Terry Maxwell, RN
Pituitary New Patient Referral
Barrow Pituitary Patient Handbook – Spanish
Recovery Guidelines for Pituitary Patients
Dr. Little Explains Pituitary Tumors & Surgery
Get to Know Dr. Yuen
Get to Know Dr. Little
Michelle: Transsphenoidal Surgery for Acromegaly
'My Headache Came Back with a Vengeance'
Gideon: Keeping the Music Alive
Pituitary Surgery Keeps Race Car Driver in Fast Lane
Mark Johnson: How a Fall in North Dakota Landed Him in Phoenix
Ron Ball: Surgery and CyberKnife for a Pituitary Adenoma
How common is a CSF leak after pituitary surgery?
How common is adrenal insufficiency after pituitary surgery?
How common is diabetes insipidus?
Where is the pituitary gland located? What does it do?
Is a pituitary tumor actually located in the brain?
Is the pituitary gland removed during pituitary surgery?
How common are headaches with pituitary tumors?
Is there a way to test for hypothalamic obesity?
How common are pituitary tumors and disorders?
Is it possible to function without a pituitary gland?
Is pituitary surgery risky for tumors located near the carotid artery?
Can abnormal hormone levels affect the immune system?
How does empty sella syndrome affect the pituitary gland?
Deciding between Surgery, Radiation, and Medical Management
How long does it take to recover from pituitary surgery?
Is fatigue common with pituitary tumors?
Can a hypothalamic hamartoma cause pituitary symptoms?
The Difference between Adrenal Crisis and Adrenal Fatigue
When is stress-dosing of hydrocortisone necessary?
Is hormone deficiency common after pituitary surgery?
Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Pituitary Surgery Explained
Cushing's Syndrome and COVID-19
How to Perform Nasal Irrigation After Surgery
Surgery for Cushing's Disease
Current and Emerging Drug Therapies for Cushing Syndome
Removal of Pituitary Adenoma: Q&A
Removal of Pituitary Adenoma Leaving Tumor Pseudocapsule Intact
Pituitary Team Changes Life of Patient with Growth Hormone Deficiency
Barrow Neurosurgeon Restores Pastor’s Vision Through Pituitary Surgery
U.S. News & World Report: Barrow a Top Center for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Barrow Pituitary Center Welcomes Neuroendocrinologist
Barrow Patient Recounts Pituitary Tumor Diagnosis
Barrow Patient Enjoying Her ‘New Normal’ After Pituitary Tumor Surgery
Barrow to Host Pituitary Education Day
Barrow to Host Presentation on Cushing’s Disease
Cushing’s Disease Support Group
Me, Myself, and My Adrenal Insufficiency
Pituitary Center Patient Education Day
Pituitary Support Group