During bilateral adrenalectomy, both adrenal glands are removed.
Also Known As:
- Bilateral adrenal gland removal
- Adrenal surgery
- Adrenal removal
Conditions Treated with Bilateral Adrenalectomy:
Bilateral adrenalectomy is utilized in order to treat Cushing’s syndrome, an enlarged adrenal gland, high blood pressure from dysfunctional adrenal glands, and a malignant or benign adrenal gland tumor or medullary tumor.
Non-surgical alternatives to bilateral adrenalectomy can include high blood pressure medication, arterial ablation, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. As a surgical alternative, the procedure can be performed with the laparoscopic method.
Anesthesia with Bilateral Adrenalectomy:
Bilateral adrenalectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Bilateral Adrenalectomy:
Possible risks following bilateral adrenalectomy include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience injury to other organs.
Prognosis after Bilateral Adrenalectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following bilateral adrenalectomy is good.
Recovery from Bilateral Adrenalectomy:
The total recovery time for bilateral adrenalectomy is three to six weeks.