The adrenal is a small gland that is located just above the top of the kidney. A laparoscopic adrenalectomy is performed when there is a benign growth or cancerous tumor inside the adrenal.
The surgery is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. Traditionally, the surgeon had to make large incision in the side of the abdomen to reach the adrenal gland. Thanks to improved technology and surgical skills, these procedures can now be performed via laparoscopy and sometimes using the daVinci robot. The advantage of these new techniques is much smaller incisions (“key hole” surgery) resulting in less blood loss, dramatically decreased postoperative pain and a much faster overall recovery. Occasionally, this operation can be achieved through single small incision around the belly button.
Expectation after surgery
Most patients are discharged from the hospital within 24 -48 hours post-operatively and back at work in 10 – 14 days