The aim of this report is to evaluate the benefits of laparoscopic adrenalectomy in terms of perioperative morbidity, complications and patients recuperation. We reviewed our experience with laparoscopic adrenalectomy in 47 consecutive patients who underwent adrenalectomy over a 4-year period. We used the lateral transperitoneal approach in all cases. The indications for adrenalectomy were Conn's adenoma in 24 patients, pheochromocytoma in 11, Cushing's syndrome in 3 and incidental adrenal tumour in 9. The average duration of surgery was 130 min (range, 60-300 min) and average adrenal gland size was 3.4 cm (range, 1.2-8 cm). Conversion from laparoscopy to laparotomy was necessary in three patients (6.4%), and postoperative complications occurred in two patients. There was no mortality. Laparoscopic adrenalectomy can be considered the method of choice for managing almost all adrenal masses, because of its low morbidity and short postoperative recovery. The main difficulty is to identify the adrenal gland, so several technical procedures are suggested.

Technique and results of laparoscopic adrenalectomy

TONIATO, ANTONIO;BERNANTE, PAOLO;PELIZZO, MARIA ROSA
2001

Abstract

The aim of this report is to evaluate the benefits of laparoscopic adrenalectomy in terms of perioperative morbidity, complications and patients recuperation. We reviewed our experience with laparoscopic adrenalectomy in 47 consecutive patients who underwent adrenalectomy over a 4-year period. We used the lateral transperitoneal approach in all cases. The indications for adrenalectomy were Conn's adenoma in 24 patients, pheochromocytoma in 11, Cushing's syndrome in 3 and incidental adrenal tumour in 9. The average duration of surgery was 130 min (range, 60-300 min) and average adrenal gland size was 3.4 cm (range, 1.2-8 cm). Conversion from laparoscopy to laparotomy was necessary in three patients (6.4%), and postoperative complications occurred in two patients. There was no mortality. Laparoscopic adrenalectomy can be considered the method of choice for managing almost all adrenal masses, because of its low morbidity and short postoperative recovery. The main difficulty is to identify the adrenal gland, so several technical procedures are suggested.
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