An adrenalectomy is a surgical procedure which is performed for removing one or both of your adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are two small organs located above each kidney. They discharge or secrete hormones that help regulating many bodily functions, including the immune system, blood sugar levels, metabolism, and blood pressure control.
The conditions that can be treated by adrenalectomy include:
• Dysfunctional adrenal gland
• Enlarged adrenal gland
• Malignant adrenal gland tumors
• Cushing’s syndrome
The adrenal gland is commonly removed when there’s known cancer or a growth that might be cancer. On some occasions, a mass in the adrenal gland is removed, as it releases a hormone that may cause harmful effects:
• One is pheochromocytoma, which may cause very high blood pressure.
• Cushing syndrome- an adrenal mass of unknown cause