Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy

What is the adrenal gland?

The adrenal gland is a small gland that sits on top of the kidneys that secretes many different types of hormones that affect many different parts of the body. Sometimes the gland can become diseased requiring its removal.

What is a laparoscopic adrenalectomy?

A laparoscopic adrenalectomy is a procedure in which a surgeon uses several small incisions, special instruments, a video-scope and TV monitors to remove the adrenal gland.

What are the benefits of having my adrenal gland removed laparoscopically?

The adrenal gland can be removed in two ways. Conventional (or open surgery) is generally is more painful compared with a laparoscopic adrenalectomy and requires a longer hospital stay as well as more time to heal.

What are the risks involved with this surgery?

As with any surgery, there is a risk of bleeding, infection, and damage to surrounding structures and organs. If this occurs, the surgeon may need to extend the incision to repair or prevent further damage.

Will I require any tests before my surgery?

Your doctor may order blood work and a CT scan or ultrasound of your abdomen.

Should I do anything special to prepare for my surgery?

Before your surgery, you will be advised as to where and when to arrive the day of your procedure. The night before your surgery, do not eat or drink anything after midnight. Do not smoke, chew tobacco or gum the morning of your surgery. You may want to bring some comfort items from home for your brief hospital stay.

How long will I be in the hospital? When will I be able to return to work?

You will stay in the hospital approximately one to two days. Occasionally, some patients stay longer. You will be able to return to work and your normal routine in two to three weeks. Avoid heavy lifting for a few weeks. After your surgery, you will be placed on medications. It is important that you take these medications as prescribed by your doctor.