Open adrenalectomy may be necessary if there is an underlying concern for malignancy (cancer). It is usually performed through a subcostal incision (a surgical cut made just below the ribs) on the side of the adrenal grand that is going to be removed.
The laparoscopic approach is the gold standard for removal of the adrenal glands in most cases.
Advantages of laparoscopic adrenalectomy include:
This information is provided by the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. It is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for advice about a specific medical condition.