Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy is a laparoscopically performed surgery to remove the adrenal glands. A patient might require laparoscopic adrenalectomy if he or she has a tumor on one or more of the adrenal glands. Many times a tumor on the adrenal gland can impair proper hormone regulation, causing uncomfortable symptoms in the patient. Patients who require a laparoscopic adrenalectomy experience symptoms such as excessive sweating, rapid heart beat, nervous feelings, anxiety, chest or abdominal pain and weight loss. This is due to the improper function of the adrenal gland, which has been altered because of the presence of the tumor. Even when the tumor is not malignant, many doctors recommend laparoscopic adrenalectomy for the removal of the benign growth if it is affecting the function of the adrenal glands, or if the growth is very large.
Dr. Michael Feiz, M.D., FACS is a seasoned specialist in laparoscopic adrenalectomy. During laparoscopic adrenalectomy, three to five tiny incisions are made which allow the doctor to perform the surgery with minimal disruption to surrounding tissues. A laparoscopic camera projects a video of the adrenal gland and the tumor onto a large screen, which allows the doctor to perform the surgery with minimal incisions. There are many benefits to having an adrenal tumor removed through laparoscopic adrenalectomy, including a faster recovery time, less post-operative pain, shorter hospitalization, and the ability to return to regular daily activities much faster. Thanks to our vast knowledge about nutritional, hormonal and weight loss issues, The Dr. Feiz & Associates Weight Loss Center is well qualified to perform laparoscopic adrenalectomy.
Patients that have undergone laparoscopic surgery have much shorter hospitalization (the average hospitalization after a laparoscopic procedure is one to two days compared to five to seven days after an open procedure), more rapid recovery (approximately 2 weeks compared to 4 to 8 weeks after open surgery) and earlier return to work. The postoperative pain is markedly reduced after laparoscopic surgery and the general feeling of physical well being returns at a much faster rate.
Tumors of the adrenal glands arise from the cortex or the medulla part of the adrenal gland. Adrenal tumors commonly present because symptoms from excess secretion of hormones by the tumor.
The tumors from the adrenal cortex produce excess secretion of steroid hormones and aldosterone and tumors from the adrenal medulla produce excessive amounts of catecholamines.
Adrenal tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancer). Often this separation is difficult to make and long term close follow up is necessary after removal to detect recurrences early in patients who have adrenal cancer.
Many Los Angeles residents who eat right and stay active still can’t seem to lose their extra weight. But even if they feel comfortable in their own skin, maintaining a healthy weight is more than just a vanity issue, it is a serious health issue. Laparoscopic surgery in Los Angeles is a great option for these individuals to lead a healthy and fit life. Los Angeles laparoscopic surgeries have a proven track record for successful weight loss and can truly change a person’s life. At the Dr. Feiz & Associates Center for Weight Loss, our staff of laparoscopic surgery experts understands the health impact of carrying around all that extra weight. For most of our Los Angeles patients, obesity has an emotional and psychological impact on their wellbeing too, and holds them back from living life to its fullest. With laparoscopic weight loss surgery, our Los Angeles patients find that they can reclaim a healthy life and mindset, as well as a renewed attitude toward food and eating.
For Los Angeles patients who think they cannot afford laparoscopic surgery, it is important to know that most PPO insurance health care plans cover a majority of the cost of laparoscopic surgery. Thanks to the support of health insurance, many Los Angeles patients who would not typically be able to afford laparoscopic gastric surgery out of pocket are able to still have the procedure. The Dr. Feiz & Associates Weight Loss Center works with many Los Angeles health insurance companies on our patient’s behalf to help them afford the weight loss surgery they need to be healthy again.