The adrenal glands are responsible for many processes in the body. When functioning correctly, they produce various hormones that trigger chemical activity in every system.
Hormones produced by these help the body:
- Respond to stress
- Maintain blood pressure and cardiovascular function
- Slow the immune system's inflammatory response
- Maintain levels of glucose--a form of sugar used for energy--in the blood
- Regulate the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats
Our surgeons provide excellent, personalized care to patients with adrenal dysfunctions.
Our team members diagnose and treat a number of adrenal gland disorders:
- Cushing's syndrome is a complex set of symptoms and physical abnormalities caused by excess cortisol in the body. Treatment depends on identifying the cause of the overproduction (e.g., an adrenal or pituitary tumor) and removing it. If your disorder is a spin-off from long-term use of prednisone for another disease, your doctor may reduce or discontinue the dosage.
- Adrenal cancer tumors can be surgically removed using either traditional methods or a minimally invasive method.
- Non-cancerous tumors of the adrenal glands can be treated through medication or surgery.
- Hyperaldosteronism is the over production of aldosterone, the hormone that controls sodium and potassium levels. It can lead to hypertension. It is treated by medication and/or surgery.