What types of adrenal gland surgery are available?

There are a number of types of operations to remove the adrenal gland. The appropriate approach will ultimately be determined by:
  • tumor size
  • patient characteristics (body size and shape, medical conditions, previous operations, etc.)
  • the experience and expertise of the surgeon.
The two main types of adrenalectomy are open and laparoscopic adrenalectomy. For very large tumors and for tumors with a high risk of cancer, the open approach is still preferred. For both open and laparoscopic adrenalectomy, there are a number of different techniques and variations. In general, the approach used depends on the tumor, patient characteristics (such as body size/shape and previous abdominal surgery) as well as surgeon expertise. For this reason, the most important thing is to find an experienced surgeon.

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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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