Adrenal and Parathyroid Surgery

Also known as: endocrine surgery, adrenalectomy, parathyroidectomy

What are adrenal and parathyroid surgery?

Adrenal and parathyroid surgeries are two different forms of surgery related to the endocrine system. These surgeries may be needed to remove all or part of one or more of the adrenal or parathyroid glands. These surgeries may also remove a tumor or tissue from one of the glands. They are common treatments for cancer or other medical conditions that affect the glands.

What happens during the treatment?

The exact nature and extent of an adrenal or parathyroid surgery will vary depending on the severity of the disease and the amount of tissue being removed. Most are now performed using minimally invasive techniques that minimize complications and improve outcomes. These surgeries are performed under anesthesia and require a short hospital stay.

Is any special preparation needed?

You may need to stop eating, drinking or taking certain medications prior to adrenal or parathyroid surgery. Follow your health care provider’s instructions closely.

What are the risk factors?

Nausea, vomiting, soreness, pain, swelling, bleeding, thirst or reactions to anesthesia are potential risks following adrenal or parathyroid surgery.


Reviewed by: Alejandro Diaz, MD

This page was last updated on: June 14, 2022 02:21 PM

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