The cortex is the part of the adrenal gland that makes cortisol an essential hormone if a persons adrenal cortex is removed during adrenal surgery he or she may develop adrenal insufficiency and may need to take steroid medication. After laparoscopic adrenal gland removal most patients can be cared for on a regular surgical nursing unit occasionally a patient with a pheochromocytoma may require admission to an intensive care unit after surgery to monitor their blood pressure. Surgery surgery is the removal of the tumor and if necessary some surrounding healthy tissue during an operation adrenalectomy is the surgical removal of the adrenal gland with the tumor this may be needed to treat an adrenal gland tumor a surgical endocrinologist is a surgeon who specializes in treating an endocrine tumor using surgery. Surgery for adrenal cancer the main treatment for adrenal cancer is removal of the adrenal gland an operation called an adrenalectomy the surgeon will try to remove as much of the cancer as possible including any areas of cancer spread. Adrenal gland tumor surgery is the main form of treatment recommended for adrenal cancer in many situations the goal is to remove as much cancer as possible which usually involves the surgical removal of the adrenal gland and some surrounding tissue through a procedure known as an adrenalectomy
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