Adrenal Gland Tumors


The surgeons at Hackensack University Medical Center are among the best in the region at adrenal gland-sparing surgery that preserves normal adrenal gland function.

Surgical Approaches for Adrenal Gland Tumors

The adrenal gland surgeons at Hackensack perform minimally invasive surgery whenever possible to treat adrenal gland tumors. Minimally invasive surgery has several advantages, including:

  • Smaller incisions and less tissue damage
  • Increased precision for complex surgeries
  • Decreased blood loss (and reduced need for transfusions)
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Smaller scars, both external and internal
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and return to normal activities

Your surgeon will assess your adrenal gland tumor to determine the best surgical approach, which may include:

  • Open surgery. During open surgery, your doctor will remove your adrenal gland tumor through a long incision in your abdomen. Your doctor may recommend open surgery if your adrenal gland tumor is large, or if you have other conditions that may make minimally invasive surgery difficult.
  • Laparoscopic surgery. During laparoscopic surgery, your doctor will make several small incisions in your abdomen or back and insert an instrument called a laparoscope, which is a thin tube with a camera on one end. Your surgeon will remove the tumor by inserting small instruments through the laparoscope while using the image from the camera for guidance.
  • Robotic surgery. During robotic surgery, your surgeon will sit at a special console and control robotic arms that hold a camera and tiny surgical instruments, which will be inserted into small incisions in your abdomen. Your surgeon will use the image transmitted from the camera to the screen on the console to guide the surgical instruments. Robotic surgery improves surgical precision and dexterity, which allows your surgeon to maneuver in small spaces and remove adrenal gland tumors without damaging nearby structures and organs, including your kidney, spleen, liver, vena cava, aorta, and duodenum.

Our Adrenal Gland Tumor Specialists

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