Adrenal gland:diseases that can occur and surgery

Written by: Dr. César Ginestà Martí
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The adrenal gland located above the kidney and has an endocrine function, ie produces hormones. These hormones perform various functions such as the regulation of tension and stress, sexual function...

The gland may have different diseases:either due tumor or because their function is altered. The most common are adrenal tumors ( incidentalomas a certain size, tumors that produce an excess of a hormone or adrenal cancer ) and diseases that produce excess hormones, such as hyperaldosteronism, Conn syndrome, adrenal hyperplasia or some Cushing syndrome caused by producing tumors.


When this occurs is when it becomes necessary to evaluate an operation, which involves the partial or complete extirpation of the adrenal gland. There are different ways to approach this procedure from surgery. It can be treated by conventional surgery, where a large abdominal or laparoscopic minimally invasive techniques wound is needed.

Each case must be individualized for choosing the best technique but in the vast majority of cases laparoscopic surgery seems the best option for your little repercussion and quick recovery, since if there are no incidents, the patient may be given high past 24-48 hours.


The risks of intervention such as bleeding or hemorrhage, injury structures near the tumor and risks of the procedure. Today with the increasing experience of surgical teams and the emergence of new approaches laparoscopy, these risks have been able to gradually reduce.

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By Dr. César Ginestà Martí

Dr. Ginestà Martí is a renowned specialist in General Surgery and Gastroenterology. He has more than 10 years of experience in the profession and extensive training in various fields of specialty, being a specialist in Coloproctology, Inguinal Hernia, Gallbladder Surgery, Cholelithiasis, Adrenal Glands and Laparoscopy, among other treatments. Throughout his career he has combined his care work with teaching, being a clinical professor of the subject "Diseases of the digestive system" at the University of Barcelona. He also develops an important disseminating work, being the author of several scientific publications in journals, both nationally and internationally. He is currently a specialist in the General and Digestive Surgery team of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and also a member of the Assistència Quirúrgica team, at the Delfos Hospital.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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