Surgical Removal of the Adrenal Glands
Patients suffering from certain hormone imbalances or tumor growths on their adrenal glands may require an adrenalectomy, the surgical removal of one or both adrenal glands. Dr. Luis Herrera is a board-certified urologist in Tijuana, Mexico, who specializes in minimally invasive techniques. With years of experience and dedication, he provides high-quality urological treatment at an affordable price.
The adrenal glands, located just above each kidney, are responsible for the regulation of several functions within the body. By secreting hormones, the adrenal glands assist in regulating blood pressure, blood sugar levels, metabolism, and the immune system.
An adrenalectomy can become necessary when a benign or cancerous mass is present.
During an adrenalectomy, one or both of the adrenal glands are removed. This can be performed using traditional methods, or with a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure. If only one adrenal gland is removed, the remaining gland can successfully provide full function for the body. If both are removed, supplemental drug therapy will be necessary for hormone regulation.
When is an Adrenalectomy Necessary?
An adrenalectomy becomes necessary when a benign or cancerous mass is present. These growths can be related to Cushing Syndrome or Conn Syndrome, or they can occur due to an unknown cause. One of the most common tumors removed during an adrenalectomy is a pheochromocytoma, which can be a direct cause of extremely high blood pressure.
An adrenalectomy may also be recommended if your adrenal glands cause excessive hormone production.
Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy Treatment Process
In the past, an adrenalectomy was performed through open surgery. Today, medical advancements allow us to perform a laparoscopic adrenalectomy for qualifying patients. This conservative approach is performed by making tiny incisions near the navel so that Dr. Herrera can access the adrenal glands. Once the incisions are created, a small camera on the end of a flexible tube will be inserted. A special gas will be used to fill the abdominal cavity; this will help the surgical team navigate more clearly. Dr. Herrera will insert special instruments into the incisions, disconnect the adrenal glands, and cauterize the blood vessels. Finally, the glands will be carefully removed from your body. This approach requires a much shorter recovery time than open surgery.
What to Expect during Recovery
Most patients will spend two to three days in the hospital following an adrenalectomy. Slight discomfort around the incision sites is completely normal and should not be a cause for concern. Cramping or bloating is another side effect, due to the gas used during the procedure.
When you arrive home from the hospital, it is important to relax and rest as much as possible. Pain or discomfort can be addressed with prescription or over-the-counter medications. Typically, patients can remove the surgical dressing and shower the day after the procedure. Light activity can be gradually reintroduced to your daily routines as recommended by Dr. Herrera.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If your physician has recommended an adrenalectomy, Dr. Herrera can perform the procedure using advanced laparoscopic surgery at a price far lower than you can expect to pay in the United States. Reach a team member by contacting us online anytime, or by calling our office at (619) 831-8735.