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Adrenal Gland Surgery

Usually for Benign Overgrowth.

The adrenals are two small glands, located on one atop of each of the kidneys, that have an important hormonal function, including production of adrenaline and noradrenaline.  Disorders of the adrenal glands include over- or underactivity, or cancer growth. 

Surgery is an important option for addressing overactive adrenal glands.  This condition can sometimes be caused by an abnormality of the glands itself.  Most often, this is due to nonmalignant tumors of the gland tissue called adrenal adenomas.  (Cancerous tumors can also be a cause, but they are much less common.)  Adrenal gland surgery to treat this condition means removing one or both adrenal glands.  Aria surgeons can often minimize the invasiveness of these operations by using a laparoscopic approach. 

For more on surgery for adrenal gland tumors, see also Aria's Division of Surgical Oncology.