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Adrenal Gland Removal (Adrenalectomy)

You have two adrenal glands, one sitting on top of each kidney. They produce hormones that regulate metabolism, the immune system, blood pressure, blood sugar and other functions.

If one or more of the adrenal glands needs to be removed, most often the surgeon will suggest a laparoscopic adrenalectomy.

Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy

  • The surgery is usually performed under general anesthetic.
  • Three small holes around ¼ to ¾ inches in diameter are made in the abdomen.
  • Using a small camera and instruments, the adrenal gland has been cut free, it is removed through the incisions.
  • The incisions are stitched closed and dressings put on them.
  • The average stay in the hospital is around 1 - 2 days.

Open Adrenalectomy

A small number of patients may have an open adrenalectomy. Things that increase the possibility of a physician choosing this approach include: obesity, dense scar tissue from previous surgeries, large tumor size or bleeding.

  • The patient is given a general anesthetic.
  • The surgeon makes an incision either just under the ribcage, through an opening in the back or using an incision through both the abdomen and the chest.
  • The surgeon removes the gland.
  • The wound is then closed and covered with a dressing.
  • The length of stay in the hospital is usually around 5-7 days.

Our Physicians

Dr. Kirk B. Faust has been practicing in the Raleigh Area since 1988. He is the only member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons in Wake County, and is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

In addition, Dr. Faust is responsible for bringing to Raleigh such advanced treatment methods as minimally invasive endoscopic thyroidectomy, laparoscopic adrenalectomy, and monitoring of parathyroid hormone levels during surgery. He specializes in surgeries of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. He is an experienced surgeon, completing over 400 surgeries a year.

Dr. Paul Park is a Fellowship Trained Endocrine Surgeon who trained at the University of Michigan and University of California. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He specializes in diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, neuroendocrine pancreas, as well as inherited endocrine syndromes.

Resources

The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, How is Adrenal Surgery Performed?

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Patient Information for Laparoscopic Adrenal Gland Removal

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To make an appointment, or to speak with someone on our staff, please call 919-784-4160.

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