Located above the kidneys, the adrenal glands are small, triangle-shaped organs that are a part of the endocrine system. The adrenal glands help produce hormones that help regulate essential body functions, like stress management, blood pressure, immune system, and metabolism. When your adrenal glands are not functioning correctly, they can cause hormone imbalances due to production issues. If a tumor is found or the adrenal gland produces too much hormone, it may require removal. The surgical removal of the adrenal glands is called laparoscopic adrenalectomy. In the past, this type of surgery would require a large incision and a long recovery. Today, skilled surgeons, like Dr. Donald Balder, can offer this procedure laparoscopically, allowing for less pain, smaller incisions, quicker recovery, and potentially less risk. Contact Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss & Gulf Coast Aesthetics in Gulfport, MS to schedule an appointment to learn more about laparoscopic adrenalectomy and how it may benefit you.
While under general anesthesia, small abdominal incisions will be made so the laparoscope can be inserted to view the adrenal glands. Other small incisions will be made to allow the insertion of the proper surgical tools to perform the procedure. Dr. Balder will remove the adrenal glands and will close the incision sites. After the procedure, you will be moved into a recovery room to be monitored while the anesthesia wears off. You will remain in the hospital overnight. Once home, typically you will improve daily and full recovery generally takes 2-4 weeks, depending on the size of the tumor removed. Instructions will be given to you by Dr. Balder and his team prior to discharge regarding restrictions, any follow-up appointments, and recovery expectations. Please get in touch with the office with any questions or concerns you may have following surgery or if you experience any concerning symptoms.