The adrenal glands are 2 small organs in the endocrine system that are located above the kidneys. The adrenal glands produce several different hormones that help regulate functions like the immune system, blood sugar, blood pressure, metabolism, and more. A tumor on the adrenal glands, whether it is cancerous (malignant) or benign, can cause problems with the function of the adrenal gland and the production of hormones. The skillful surgeons at Arizona Premier Surgery offer laparoscopic adrenalectomy for patients that can remove one or both of the adrenal glands with minimal incisions and a short recovery time. Patients with an adrenal disease like adrenal cancer or Cushing's syndrome can find relief with a total or partial adrenal gland removal.
"I was referred to Dr. Albert Amini following a ct scan. He professionally went over the results with me. His caring nature assured me that the results were probably non-evasive. He suggested a follow-up mri in 6 months. During my follow-up appointment, his caring professional demeanor asked me that son was alright. Dr. Amini sat with me, described the images of the mri, and gave me his professional opinion of the results of the scan."- H.F. / Yelp / Jan 19, 2018
"Dr. Pepple was my Surgeon for a very complicated surgery. He met with my family and explained everything in understandable terms and made me feel very much at ease about the upcoming procedure. He was at the hospital every day to monitor my progress and assure me everything was progressing as it should. Also, after surgery he explained everything that was accomplished to me and my family."- J.F. / Healthgrades / Apr 09, 2019
"We would give Dr. Pepple 100 Stars if possible!He saw me right away after I was referred to him.Within 48 hours I was having my gallbladder removed by Dr. Pepple.He is quick to assess the situation, showed me exactly what has happened and how he is going to get me back to good health. I never doubted him or his team at Honor Health. Dr. Pepple is kind and considerate with a great sense of humor!! Don't hesitate here... Dr. Amini and Dr. Pepple and the whole staff are super great!!!!"- K.C. / Healthgrades / Apr 09, 2019
"I recently had robotic (partial gastroectomy) surgery performed by Dr. Amini. From the very first office visit to the post-op office visit, everything went extremely smooth.The office staff was very efficient, they scheduled PAT and surgery with the hospital in a timely fashion, etc. I did not feel like a forgotten patient. Surgery was very successful. I had very little pain, and a very speedy recovery. Also, Dr. Amini and his office staff (in Chandler) are very personable and easy to communicate with. 5 stars to Dr. Amini and the staff."- J.L. / Yelp / Apr 03, 2019
"I ended up with a perforated appendix shortly after New Year's 2019 and in the hospital. Dr. Pepple was assigned to me. He did a wonderful job of explaining the preferred plan of dealing with the situation, reducing the risk of additional complications and getting me on the road to recovery. He was realistic in outlining the timeframes involved in the preferred treatment approach, and flexible in moving up the my surgery once the initial infection was under control."- T.W. / Healthgrades / Mar 12, 2019
Common Reason for Surgery
A mass or tumor on one or both of the adrenal glands can cause an increase in the amount of hormones released to the body. A laparoscopic adrenalectomy is commonly used to remove one or both of the adrenal glands to prevent the cancer from spreading. Adrenal cancer may disrupt the production to phoecochromocytomas, aldosterone, and cortisol (causing Cushing's syndrome).
Using minimal incisions while the patient is under general anesthesia, the laparoscope will be inserted to view the adrenal glands. The surgeon will be able to remove the adrenal gland(s). The laparoscopic adrenalectomy leaves smaller scars, reduces recovery time, and decreases the risk of hernias developing after surgery compared to a traditional open adrenalectomy.
What to Expect
An adrenalectomy can be performed in about 2 hours as an out-patient procedure, so the patient will be able to leave the facility the same day as their surgery. Once home, most patients take about 2 weeks for recovery time before resuming regular activities and going to work. A follow up appointment will be scheduled with the doctor for 2 weeks after the surgery to examine the patient's health and the success of the surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Re-Balance Your Body
If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have an adrenal disease, schedule a consultation at Arizona Premier Surgery to learn more about the minimally invasive laparoscopic adrenalectomy. Find out if a total or partial removal of the adrenal glands is a good option to restore the balance of your hormones.