In this informative article, we will explore common adrenal gland disorders, their symptoms, and the surgical treatment options available. The adrenal glands, located on top of each kidney, are responsible for producing essential hormones that regulate various bodily functions. However, certain conditions can disrupt the normal functioning of the adrenal glands, leading to adrenal gland disorders. While non-surgical treatments are often effective, surgical intervention may be necessary in some cases. At Lenox Hill Surgeons, a trusted general surgery practice in New York City, our expert surgeons specialize in adrenal gland disorders and provide advanced surgical approaches to address these conditions.
The adrenal glands can be affected by different disorders, including:
Adrenal tumors are abnormal growths that can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). These tumors can overproduce hormones, leading to hormonal imbalances and various symptoms.
Cushing’s syndrome occurs when the adrenal glands produce excessive amounts of cortisol, a hormone that regulates metabolism. Symptoms may include weight gain, high blood pressure, and muscle weakness.
Conn’s syndrome, also known as primary hyperaldosteronism, occurs when the adrenal glands produce too much aldosterone. This hormone regulates sodium and potassium levels, and an excess can lead to high blood pressure and electrolyte imbalances.
A pheochromocytoma is a rare tumor that develops in the adrenal glands. It causes the glands to produce excessive amounts of adrenaline and noradrenaline, resulting in episodes of high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, and sweating.
When non-surgical treatments are ineffective or the adrenal gland disorder poses a significant risk to the patient’s health, surgical intervention may be recommended. The most common surgical approach for adrenal gland disorders is adrenalectomy, which involves the removal of the affected adrenal gland(s). There are two main types of adrenalectomy:
Open adrenalectomy is a traditional surgical approach that involves making a larger incision to access and remove the affected adrenal gland(s). This approach may be necessary for larger tumors or complex cases.
Laparoscopic adrenalectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes small incisions and specialized instruments. A laparoscope, a thin tube with a camera, is inserted through one of the incisions to visualize the surgical area. The surgeon then removes the adrenal gland(s) using precise instruments inserted through the other small incisions. Laparoscopic adrenalectomy offers advantages such as reduced post-operative pain, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery compared to open surgery.
At Lenox Hill Surgeons, we understand the complexities of adrenal gland disorders and the importance of personalized care. Our team of experienced general surgeons specializes in adrenal gland surgeries, utilizing advanced techniques to ensure optimal outcomes for our patients. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive evaluations, individualized treatment plans, and compassionate care throughout your surgery.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our renowned surgeons.
Visit our website for more information: https://lenoxhillsurgeons.com/