Mayo Clinic's approach

  • Experience. Surgeons at Mayo Clinic have extensive experience in adrenalectomies, performing nearly 175 procedures each year.

  • Latest research. Mayo Clinic doctors conduct research to develop diagnostic and management criteria for hormone-secreting tumors, including aldosteronoma, Cushing syndrome, pheochromocytoma and nonfunctioning adrenal adenoma.

  • Teamwork. Mayo Clinic doctors in many areas work together as a multidisciplinary team to provide coordinated, comprehensive care. Your team may include experts in endocrinology, surgery and other areas, such as medical oncology and radiology.

  • Individualized approach. Doctors at Mayo Clinic work with you to provide exactly the care you need.

  • Advanced technology. Mayo Clinic surgeons perform most adrenalectomies using minimally invasive surgery. Benefits of minimally invasive surgery include smaller scars, less pain, shorter hospitalization and a shorter recovery period than traditional open surgery. Surgeons at Mayo Clinic perform minimally invasive adrenalectomy from the front (laparoscopic adrenalectomy) or from the back (posterior retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy). Surgeons will choose the right approach for you, depending on multiple variables.

    In addition, sometimes surgeons use the robotic da Vinci Surgical System to perform laparoscopic adrenalectomies.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for diabetes and endocrinology in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked highly performing for diabetes and endocrinology by U.S. News & World Report.

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