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  • 2007-05-15

Laparoscopic adrenalectomy for a bilateral large (10 cm) pheochromocytoma

Epublication WebSurg.com, May 2007;07(05). URL:
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This is a laparoscopic bilateral adrenalectomy performed for bilateral pheochromocytoma. Although the right gland was 10 cm in size, Prof. Targarona demonstrates skillfully how such a resection can be successfully performed laparoscopically if approached in a stepwise and meticulous fashion. This video is suitable for advanced laparoscopic surgeons. Once the author identifies the inferior vena cava, he carefully carries out the dissection along its right border to expose the right adrenal vein. He then retracts the adrenal gland in an atraumatic fashion with a peanut gauze, being careful not to rupture the gland. Using gentle retraction with right-angle forceps, the author isolates the right adrenal vein. It is double-clipped then divided. This enables mobilization of the gland. The author then uses the harmonic scalpel to dissect around the gland. The tool can also be used to clip or divide the pedicles often encountered in this step. Once the gland is completely mobilized, one must still handle it with care. The author placed it in an extraction bag.