Laparoscopic adrenalectomy: Indications, technique, complications and follow-up

Dina Lev-Chelouche, Boaz Sagie, Andre Keidar, Joseph M. Klausner, Amir Szold*

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Background: Developments In laparoscopic surgery have rendered it an efficient tool for many complex surgical procedures. In the last few years, laparoscopic adrenalectomy has become a more viable option for removal of adrenal pathology, with many surgeons preferring it to the conventional open technique. Objectives: To describe the indications, technique, complications and follow-up of patients undergoing laparoscopic adrenalectomy in our department. Methods: The hospital files of 30 patients who underwent the procedure were reviewed. There were 19 females and 11 males with a mean age of 45 years. Indications for surgery differed and included hypersecreting adenoma, pheochromocytoma, suspected malignancy, and incidentaloma. Results: Of the 31 laparoscopic adrenalectomies performed, 11 mm right, 18 were left, and 1 was bilateral. The conversion rate to an open procedure was 3%. The mean duration of procedure was 120 minutes. Only one patient required blood transfusion. Complications occurred in 20% of patients, all reversible. There was no mortality. Mean hospitalization duration was 3.4 days and median follow-up 17 months. There were no late complications. All patients operated on for benign diseases are alive. Conclusions: Laparoscopic adrenalectomy appears to be a useful tool for the treatment of a range of adrenal pathologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-104
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2003


  • Adrenal tumors
  • Incidentaloma
  • Laparoscopy
  • Treatment


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