Duke endocrine surgeons remove adrenal tumors and diseased adrenal glands through small incisions in your abdomen or back. The minimally invasive procedure speeds your recovery, minimizes scarring, and lowers the risk of injury to other organs. We use this technique for many types of adrenal tumors, including tumors that produce excess hormones, enlarged tumors, and cancerous masses that may have spread to the adrenal gland from other organs, such as the lungs, colon, or ovaries.
CT or MRI are often used to determine the size and location of an adrenal tumor, which helps to determine if you need surgery. These tests produce detailed 3-D images of your adrenal glands so your doctor can find any abnormalities and assess your anatomy.
Once a diagnosis of your adrenal tumor has been secured, a surgical consultation is advised to determine if you need surgery or if you can be safely monitored without surgery. If an adrenal tumor is identified, a thorough evaluation is necessary to ensure that the tumor is not releasing excess adrenal hormones. This testing is very important and should include adequate imaging of the adrenal glands and the tumor. Our surgeons are experts in evaluating adrenal masses and can guide you through the process and help determine whether or not you need surgery.
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Why Choose Duke
A Team Approach
Our endocrine surgeons work with fellowship-trained endocrinologists, who are specialists in adrenal tumors. They also coordinate your care with specialists in adrenal therapies and cancers.
Support for You and Your Family
Our comprehensive support services help you minimize the side effects of treatment and cope with any emotional and psychological effects of your diagnosis and treatment. View all of our cancer support groups in our event calendar.
In addition, Duke University Hospital is proud to be named the best hospital in North Carolina, and nationally ranked in 10 adult and 9 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.