A multidisciplinary team committed to providing comprehensive care for patients.

The Adrenal Center at Medical Center at Augusta University consists of a multidisciplinary team committed to providing comprehensive care for patients with disorders of the adrenal gland(s).

Surgical removal of the adrenal gland can result in significant complications:

  • Bleeding
  • Injury to surrounding organs (liver, spleen, bowel, kidney)
  • Hypertensive crisis that may lead to a heart attack or stroke.

What is Laparoscopic Adrenal Surgery?

Laparoscopic adrenalectomy is an improved technique for removing the adrenal gland, with many benefits:

  • Aldosterone-secreting adrenal tumors (Conn's syndrome)
  • Cortisol-secreting adrenal tumors (Cushing's syndrome)
  • Adrenalin-producing adrenal tumors (Pheochromocytoma)
  • Primary adrenal hyperplasia
  • Adrenal hyperplasia after failed treatment of Cushing's disease
  • Large nonfunctioning adrenal tumors (<10-12cm)
  • Adrenal metastasis

The operation is performed using small skin incisions and a camera called a laparoscop. The many benefits of performing a laparscopic adrenalectomy include:

  • It represents a significant advance in caring for patients with adrenal gland disease.
  • Complications are minimized when performed by surgeons with expertise.
  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy at Medical Center at Augusta University is performed by surgeons with expertise and specialized (fellowship) training in laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery

Adrenal Surgery: What to expect