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LIVE INTERACTIVE SURGERY: laparoscopic left adrenalectomy for pheochromocytoma

D Mutter, MD, PhD, FACS P Donepudi, MS J Marescaux, MD, FACS, Hon FRCS, Hon FJSES, Hon FASA, Hon APSA
Epublication WebSurg.com, Jun 2016;16(06). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en4758

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Laparoscopic adrenalectomy was first described by Gagner et al. in 1992. It has become the procedure of choice for most benign adrenal lesions since then because of decreased blood loss, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, and lower morbidity as compared to open surgery. The indications for laparoscopic adrenalectomy are the same as for open surgery, except in cases of confirmed adrenocortical carcinomas. Absolute contraindications for laparoscopic adrenalectomy are as follows: severe cardiopulmonary disease, locally advanced tumors, medically untreated pheochromocytoma, and uncontrolled coagulopathies. This is a live demonstration of a left adrenalectomy recorded during the Minimally Invasive Endocrine Surgery Course, which was held at IRCAD in May 2016.