Read on to learn more about your adrenalectomy procedure. Each kidney has one adrenal gland sitting on top of it.
Your two adrenal glands produce a number of hormones that help regulate your:
and other very important functions
In the case where a noncancerous or benign adrenal tumor or adrenal cancer is found, you may require surgery to remove the adrenal gland that has the developed the tumor.
This procedure is commonly known as an adrenalectomy. You might also need an adrenalectomy to remove cancer that has spread (metastasized) from a different location, such as the kidney or lung.
If one adrenal gland is taken out, the other will take full function without the need for supplemental medications. Your doctor can explain your treatment options and discuss whether an adrenalectomy is the best treatment for you.
2 Reasons for Procedure
Here are the most common reasons to undergo an adrenalectomy.
The adrenal gland removed from the body when there is known cancer or a growth that has a possibility of being cancer.
In some cases, the mass in the adrenal gland is removed because it releases a hormone that can cause harmful effects.
One of the most common tumors is a pheochromacytoma, which can cause very high blood pressure.
Other disorders such as Cushing syndrome, Conn syndrome and an adrenal mass of an unknown cause.
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