Arch Hellen Med, 27(2), March-April 2010, 222-227
Flank approach adrenalectomy. A diachronic procedure
P. TOMOS, S. KYKALOS, L. LEKAKOS, D. PATSOURAS, K. KONSTANTOUDAKIS, E. SPARTALIS, A. PAPACHRISTODOULOU
OBJECTIVE The surgical approach to the adrenal glands is always a matter of concern. Although laparoscopy is becoming ever more popular, the open approaches have specific indications. The flank approach for adrenalectomy remains a reliable choice.
METHOD In this Department the flank incision was performed as an alternative approach in open surgery of the adrenal glands. Over a period of 3 years 6 patients were operatively treated with flank approach adrenalectomy. The results were analysed and compared to those of other approaches.
RESULTS Data assessment showed that all 6 patients were satisfied with the procedure and the reported operative results show that this approach constitutes a very competitive choice in adrenal surgery.
CONCLUSIONS Flank approach adrenalectomy remains a safe, successful and competitive surgical option.
Key words: Adrenalectomy, Flank approach, Surgical approaches.