Why Choose Swedish
The Swedish Pituitary Program is part of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI). SNI is one of the country’s premier centers for treating disorders of the pituitary gland and associated brain and visual structures. These disorders can be very debilitating and difficult to manage. Therefore, patients receive the best treatment at centers where the physicians have special expertise and many years of experience. It is also beneficial to seek care from a center that treats a lot of patients.
Pituitary disorders may require a combination of surgery, medical therapy and radiation therapy. The Swedish Pituitary Program brings together multiple specialists to care for these patients. Endocrinologists, neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists at Swedish blend their years of expertise to develop the best possible treatment plans. These specialists are also involved with research that focuses on the development of novel diagnostic and treatment options.
Neurosurgeons at the Swedish have access to highly sophisticated operating rooms that are equipped with the most advanced minimally invasive and computer-assisted neurosurgical and brain-imaging technology.
Swedish is the only facility in the Pacific Northwest that offers both CyberKnife® and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery technology in one location. This means that the neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists at the Swedish Pituitary Program can select either of these radiation therapy options in order to customize treatment plans to meet the specific needs of their patients.
Often, pituitary disorders require a combination of treatments, as well as long-term management. After the initial surgery and/or radiation therapy, patients can be effectively managed at home. The Pituitary Program at Swedish offers regular telephonic/Internet communication with a Swedish endocrinologist, interspersed with periodic onsite visits to the center. Our patients know we have the expertise and capability to provide close management throughout the years, regardless of where they live.
Regional and National Reputation
The Swedish Pituitary Program is one of the largest programs in the country. It has the highest outpatient and pituitary surgery volumes in the five-state region that includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Patients come from across the country because of the center’s national reputation for it surgical expertise, and personalized treatment and long-term management.