surgical procedures for excessive sweating

    • bernie on #6776

      hi,
      You may have seen plastic surgeons advertising surgical procedures for excessive sweating. Surgery is only recommended for people with severe hyperhidrosis that hasn't responded to other treatments. During surgery, the doctor may cut, scrape, or suction out the sweat glands.Another surgical option is endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS), in which the surgeon makes very small incisions and cuts the nerves in your armpit that normally activate the sweat glands. This procedure is very effective, but it's used only as a last resort on people who have tried every other treatment. ETS can't be reversed, and it can leave scars. One side effect almost everyone who gets ETS has to deal with is compensatory sweating, which is when your body stops sweating in one area, but starts sweating in another (such as the face or chest) to compensate.Hope this would help.

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    • Dr. John on #7660

      Hyperhidrosis truly affects one's quality of life as it cause embarrassment and withdrawal from social situations. Some people have tried other treatments, including medications and other therapies and have found that they still suffer from excessive sweating. Patients with hyperhidrosis have an oversensitive reaction, caused by the sympathetic nerve. Surgery may be an option for those patients. One known surgery is called sympathotomy.

      A sympathotomy involves cutting the sympathetic nerve, which is the nerve that controls the sweat reaction. Research and experience have proven that cutting the sympathetic nerve in specific places can improve effectiveness and reduce any complications, including compensatory sweating. In sympathotomy, the surgeon cuts the nerve in the appropriate place to stop the sweating reaction.

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    • Jake on #8206

      I have heard about Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy. A surgical procedure used to manage and reduce excessive sweating caused by hyperhidrosis. It is a treatment modality that is only used once more conservative measures have been unsuccessful. This is because it is more invasive and potentially risky than the other treatments available for excessive sweating. There is also another type of surgery called endoscopic lumbar sympathectomy which is used as a treatment for sweaty feet, however it has been shown to cause potentially severe complications and many doctors consider it to dangerous to perform. I guess ETS is more safer than the others I've mentioned.

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