Outpatient laparoscopic adrenalectomy in patients with Conn's syndrome.

Surgical endoscopy (2001-10-10)
B Edwin, I Raeder, E Trondsen, R Kaaresen, T Buanes
ABSTRACT

[corrected] We set out to record the operative times of an experienced laparoscopic team and assess the feasibility of outpatient laparoscopic adrenalectomy when optimal anesthesia was also offered to all patients. The study included 13 patients with aldosterone/cortisone hypersecretion and/or adrenal gland tumors, excluding those with pheochromocytoma. They had to live within 30 min travel from the hospital, and adult company had to be present at home. All patients received general intravenous anesthesia with propofol and remifentanil and were given keterolac, propacetamol, droperidol, and ondansetron as prophylaxis against postoperative pain and nausea. Laparoscopic adrenalectomy was performed by the transabdominal lateral flank approach. Postoperatively, all patients were contacted by phone in the evening and the next morning. All 13 patients were discharged 3-6 h postoperatively. None were readmitted; thus, the day care success was 100%. The mean operative time was 38 min (range, 35-112). Patient satisfaction was excellent in all but one case, due to pain on the 1st postoperative day. Laparoscopic adrenalectomy can be a fast operation. It is feasible and safe and yields satisfactory results for patients as an outpatient procedure when the necessary surgical experience and optimal anesthesia are both available.

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Sigma-Aldrich
Cortisone, ≥98%