Risks of Adrenalectomy

In general, laparoscopic adrenalectomy has a low risk of complications. Possible complications include pain, bleeding, infection, injury to nearby structures, and the need to convert to an open procedure.

Open adrenalectomy has the same general complications as laparoscopic adrenalectomy; however, length of hospital stay is usually longer, and stronger pain medications may be required to alleviate the pain.

Besides the complications mentioned above, there are additional, specific sets of possible complications that vary according to the reason you are having the surgery. Your surgeon will discuss these with you during your preoperative appointment.

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.