For people who suffer from hyperhidrosis, a medical condition involving excessive sweating, social interaction is a particularly troublesome endeavor. Meeting new people is often hard enough, but when one is suffering from clammy hands, underarm sweat stains, and a drenched back, the process becomes almost unbearable. Fortunately, there are treatments available to help alleviate, and in some cases cure, this embarrassing condition. If you think you may be suffering from excessive sweating, feel free to contact La Peer Health Systems’ Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence for a consultation. Our board-certified thoracic surgeons can help determine the best method of getting you relief from sweating.
Non-Surgical Hyperhidrosis Treatment in Los Angeles
Typically the first form of treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis is antiperspirants. Prescription antiperspirants are the most ideal choice, particularly those containing an aluminum salt concentration of 15 to 30 percent. Also, because certain foods and drinks have been named as possible triggers for the condition, a change in lifestyle and eating habits may reduce the amount of sweating suffered by individuals with hyperhidrosis. However, for patients with severe or debilitating palm hyperhidrosis, surgery may be the best first option. Other options such as Botox and iontophoresis are also available and will be discussed at length by your surgeon during your consultation.
Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy to Relieve Excessive Sweating
Thoracoscopic sympathectomy is a minimally invasive surgery that treats palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis. The surgery targets the root of the condition, a specific nerve chain located in the chest. After this nerve chain is cut, the symptoms of hyperhidrosis are relieved, and most patients are able to return home the same day as their surgery..
Side effects of the surgery can include compensatory sweating, or continued sweating on other parts of the body, such as the legs and the lower back. Though the surgery successfully alleviates excessive sweating on the hands, sweating may persist on other regions of the body. However, for the vast majority of patients, if compensatory sweating is present, it is almost always mild. Only three to five percent of patients experience a more severe form of compensatory sweating.
Despite the possible side effects of the surgery, most patients who have undergone a thoracoscopic sympathectomy are relieved to be free of embarrassing hand perspiration once and for all. And for those who do experience compensatory sweating, the amount of sweating has been found to decrease over time. Best of all, you will finally be able to shake hands with confidence.
Contact a Trusted Hyperhidrosis Doctor in Los Angeles Today
If you believe you may suffer from hyperhidrosis, it is important to see a board-certified hyperhidrosis doctor who can determine your specific condition and the best course of treatment for you. Contact one of our Los Angeles hyperhidrosis surgeons today to find out if thoracoscopic sympathectomy is the right procedure for you.
You can schedule a consultation at the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence by calling (888) 349-1398 or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you achieve the excessive sweating relief you desire.
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