Robotic Surgery Options for Adrenal Gland Removal
Adrenalectomy is a surgery performed to remove one or both of the adrenal glands. Located above each kidney, the adrenal glands produce hormones such as epinephrine, estrogen and cortisol. Adrenalectomy is usually performed when malignant or benign tumors develop on the adrenal glands, often causing excessive amounts of hormones to be excreted.
The adrenal glands can be removed through an incision just under the rib cage or in the abdomen. Small tumors are usually removed from the back, while larger masses are usually removed from the front. This approach ensures that the mass is removed and that the rest of the abdomen can be easily examined.
If your doctor recommends an adrenalectomy, you might be a candidate for a robotically assisted surgery. This minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure is performed through a few small incisions. For the surgeon, robotic instrumentation allows for improved ergonomics, precision and visualization of the operating field. Patient benefits may include less blood loss, fewer scars and a faster recovery.