Can you live with only one adrenal gland?
One normal adrenal gland is able to produce sufficient amounts of cortisol, aldosterone and adrenal androgens to fulfill the body’s needs. If one adrenal gland is removed by surgery, the remaining health gland will take over completely. Your hormones levels will be tested immediately after surgery and in the following weeks to ensure that you have fully recovered. In rare cases, it may take your adrenal gland additional time for recovery because its production had been suppressed by the high levels of aldosterone produced by the gland you had removed. In that case, you might be given replacement hormones for a short period of time.
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