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Adrenal Tumor Surgery


Dr. Richard B. Wait, Chairman, Department of Surgery, and Suzanne Rondinelli, RN, MSN, Practice Manager and Nurse Clinician, Surgical Oncology




The Baystate Medical Center Department of Surgical Oncology uses an integrated team approach to care for adrenal tumors where 

  •  Surgeons
  •  Primary care doctors
  •  Endocrinologists
  •  Nurses

all work together to apply the expertise of different key disciplines to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.


Most, but not all, adrenal tumors are benign, but some secrete hormones and need to be removed. These hormones can cause:

  •  Elevated blood pressure
  •  Increased irritability
  •  Changes to the skin, hair and nails
  •  Significant weight gain.   

Small adrenal tumors that are found on routine ultrasounds and CT scans usually require observation only, but some will require removal. 


Our team of experts will assess each patient and decide upon the best course of treatment, taking into account any special needs or preferences of the patient. Dr. Richard Wait, MD, PhD, FACS,  Chairman of the Department of Surgery, has 20 years of experience performing state-of-the-art minimally invasive (MIS) approach to the removal of a diseased adrenal gland. Although open surgery is required for a few patients, almost all benign tumors and some malignant tumors are now removed using MIS.   MIS usually results in: 

  • Smaller scars
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less bleeding and need for blood transfusions
  • Less pain and trauma
  • Faster healing
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • The ability to resume normal activity up to four weeks sooner than patients who opt for traditional open surgery.


Patients who require adrenal surgery, such as laparoscopic adrenalectomy to remove a cyst or tumor, may require the care of an endocrinologist. If a patient does not have an established physician relationship, our department can make a referral to a staff member of the the Baystate Department of Endocrinology.


Whatever the surgical approach, the team will only proceed once it has


  •  Reviewed what is best for the patient from a medical perspective
  •  Taken into account any personal needs or preferences of the patient and family.


Surgical treatment, if necessary, could include: partial adrenalectomy, total minimally invasive adrenalectomy, endocrine therapy and chemotherapy.


Patients who require surgery could also undergo chemotherapy treatment at the D’Amour Cancer Care Center.


Surgery and related treatment also focus on the patient’s overall health and well-being, including life-style changes, prevention, nutrition, spiritual issues, etc.  We strongly believe that treating cancer means treating the entire person.


If you or a loved one ever need treatment for an adrenal tumor, you can confidently put yourself in the hands of a deeply committed and compassionate team of experts.  Baystate has state-of-the-art technology and experience in knowing which clinically proven approaches to these tumors are best suited to the needs and medical history of each individual.  This makes our integrated and holistic approach even more effective in treating adrenal tumors.