Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do you perform minimally invasive surgery?
Our surgeons perform adrenal surgery using minimally invasive either laparoscopic or retroperitoneoscopic techniques. This permits a focused, minimally invasive operative approach for the majority of patients with adrenal tumors.
2. How long do I have to stay in the hospital after surgery?
This depends on the operation you have. Most patients are discharged home the day after minimally invasive adrenal surgery. Occasionally patients will stay two days after surgery, or longer if they have traditional “open” surgery.
3. What medication will I need to take after my adrenal tumor is removed and does it have any side effects?
If your adrenal is removed, you may need to take medications, which vary based on the type of tumor you have. Talk to your surgeon for more information.
4. When can I eat after surgery?
All patients can eat as soon as they leave the recovery room. It is common to feel some nausea after anesthesia, but you can eat whatever foods you like.
5. When can my family/friends see me after surgery?
Usually you can see 1-2 family/friends in the recovery room.
6. What should I bring with me on the day of surgery?
Your insurance card and any required co-payments. Some people like to bring a change of clothes if they stay overnight. Basic toiletries are provided by the hospital. Do not bring any valuables, or leave them with your family/friends.
7. Can a family member/friend stay with me overnight?
Most patient rooms are double rooms, making it difficult for family to stay overnight without disturbing other patients.