Minimally Invasive Approach
Posterior retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy (PRA) requires that you lie face down on the operating table. Your surgeon will place a small, lighted camera into your back (flank) through small incisions. This allows your surgeon to view and access the adrenal glands. Small surgical tools are used to remove the adrenal gland containing the tumor, or only a portion of the gland if possible.
If you are not a candidate for minimally invasive retroperitoneal adrenalectomy, we may recommend open surgery, which requires larger incisions, usually in the abdomen. This is typically indicated for people with very large adrenal tumors that cannot be removed laparoscopically or are adherent to other organs.