Adrenalectomy refers to the surgical removal of the adrenal gland. Depending on the location and the preference of the surgeon, this can be done using robot-assisted or traditional laparoscopic techniques.
How is a laparoscopic or robotic adrenalectomy performed?
- This procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
- Four-to-five small incisions will be made into the abdomen to give the surgeon access to the entire cavity.
- The adrenal gland is visualized using the magnification of the camera so it can be dissected and removed through a small abdominal incision.
- The adrenal gland is freed from surrounding tissues. Blood vessels to the adrenal gland are visualized and clipped.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive adrenalectomy?
As in kidney surgery, these less-invasive techniques allow for equal disease control with smaller incisions, less scarring, less pain, and quicker recovery.
How long will it take to recover?
Most patients will be able to leave the hospital in 1-2 days and can return to normal function in 2-4 weeks.