Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy     

Overview

The adrenal glands produce important hormones that regulate your metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, response to stress and other functions that are essential to normal body function.

Adrenal tumors are abnormal growths of the adrenal glands. 

Appointments

To make an appointment for consultation please call 410-955-6100.

Adrenal Tumors: What You Need to Know

  • Adrenal tumors can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
  • Many adrenal tumors are not symptomatic, however some adrenal tumors will release excess hormones that may lead to symptoms including high blood pressure, facial flushing, weight gain, headaches and palpitations
    • Pheochromocytoma is a rare adrenal tumor that releases excess epinephrine and norepinephrine, hormones that can raise your blood pressure and heart rate.  Read more about pheochromocytoma here.
  • Adrenalectomy, or surgical removal of one or both adrenal glands, may be recommended if a tumor produces hormones or is suspicious for cancer.
  • During adrenalectomy, one or both adrenal glands are removed. If both adrenal glands are removed, the hormones produced by the adrenals can be replaced with medications.
  • Most tumors can be removed through laparoscopic adrenalectomy.

Our Treatments

Our experts have pioneered robotic and minimally invasive surgical techniques to provide patients with better results and less downtime following treatment for adrenal tumors.  Our surgeons also have extensive experience removing complex adrenal and renal tumors through more traditional open incisions and can help decide the best approach for you and your tumor.

Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of adrenal tumors?

Adrenal tumors and adrenal surgeries are relatively rare.  Urologists at Johns Hopkins have extensive experience evaluating and operating on and around the adrenal glands and kidneys.  Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help manage your adrenal tumors and, if surgery is needed, decide the best approach for treatment.

Our Surgeons


Mohamad Allaf, M.D.
Appointments: 410-955-6100
Office: 410-502-7710
Email: mallaf@jhmi.edu


Justin Benabdallah, M.D.
Appointments:
410-955-6100
202-660-5561
Office: 202-660-5561
Email: jbenabd1@jhmi.edu


Michael Johnson , M.D.
Appointments: 410-955-6100
Office: 410-614-9156
Email: mjohn257@jhmi.edu


Phillip Pierorazio, M.D.
Appointments: 410 955 6100
Office: 410 502 5984
Email: philpierorazio@jhmi.edu


Armine Smith, M.D.
Appointments:
410-955-6100
202-660-5561
Office: 202-660-5561
Email: asmit165@jhmi.edu