Wound that breaks open or bulging tissue through the incision (incisional hernia)
Expectations after surgery
It is important to have the procedure done at a center that is experienced in adrenal gland removal.
Before You Have the Procedure
Always tell your doctor or nurse:
If you could be pregnant
What drugs you are taking, even drugs or herbs you bought without a prescription
During the days before the surgery:
You may be asked to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), clopidogrel (Plavix), warfarin (Coumadin), and other drugs like these.
Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of the surgery.
Do not smoke. This will help you recover more quickly.
On the day of the surgery:
Your doctor or nurse will tell you what you can drink or eat the night before and the day of the surgery.
Take the drugs your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.
Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.
As with any operation, there will be discomfort after surgery.
Your health care provider will prescribe pain medications.
You may need stool softeners to avoid constipation.
Your surgeon will give you instructions about restricting your activities.
Most patients who undergo laparoscopic adrenalectomy have a shorter hospital stay, less pain, and faster recovery compared to the open procedure.
Complete recovery from the procedure may take several weeks or longer, depending on the type of surgical cuts you have.
Duh QY, Yeh MW. The adrenal glands. In: Townsend CM, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2007:chap 39.
Shabir Bhimji, MD, PhD, Specializing in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Midland, TX. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.