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Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

Laparoscopic adrenalectomy is surgery to remove all or part of your adrenal gland. It is usually done when a small tumor is found on the gland. Small incisions are made in your abdomen. A laparoscope is inserted through the incisions. A laparoscope is a long metal tube with a tiny video camera and a light on the end. The camera displays pictures of your adrenal glands on a monitor. The monitor is used to guide the surgery tools to the right place.


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

Seek care immediately if:

Call your surgeon or endocrinologist if:


You may need any of the following:

How to bathe with stitches:

Follow your healthcare provider's instructions on when you can bathe. Do not rub on the stitches to dry your skin. Pat the area gently with a clean towel. When the area is dry, put on a clean new bandage as directed.

Follow up with your surgeon or endocrinologist as directed:

You may need to have your stitches removed. You may also need blood tests to check your adrenal hormone levels. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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