Hyperhidrosis, a condition characterized by excessive and unpredictable sweating, can be socially discomforting and functionally debilitating. A minimally invasive surgical procedure, known as thoracoscopic sympathectomy, is widely considered the most effective treatment for hyperhidrosis.
Since both general surgeons and thoracic surgeons may perform hyperhidrosis surgery, it is important to consider the technical expertise of your doctor when seeking treatment for hyperhidrosis. Having undergone highly specialized training in thoracic surgical techniques, a thoracic surgeon can provide the best results and least risk of complications when providing treatment for hyperhidrosis.
At the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence, we offer our patients an unparalleled quality of care. Our thoracic surgeons, Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller, are leading experts in the field of minimally invasive thoracic surgery and possess extensive training in the comprehensive management of hyperhidrosis. Moreover, our state-of-the-art outpatient facility in Beverly Hills offers a comfortable atmosphere for patients throughout the treatment process.
For more information on hyperhidrosis surgery or to schedule a consultation with one of our hyperhidrosis doctors, contact us today at (310) 360-9119.
Thoracic vs. General Surgery Training
While many general surgeons that perform hyperhidrosis surgery have a thorough understanding of the condition, they do not possess the years of specialty training and advanced technical knowledge of thoracic surgeons. After undergoing five years of general surgery residency, thoracic surgeons complete an additional two to three years in a thoracic surgery residency. Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller have completed multiple fellowships, the highest level of surgical training, to acquire additional expertise in minimally invasive thoracic procedures like thoracoscopic sympathectomy.
The Thoracic Surgical Approach
The most effective surgical procedure for the treatment of hyperhidrosis is a thoracoscopic sympathectomy. Even though this procedure is minimally invasive, the surgical approach requires highly specialized technical expertise to ensure the best results.
During a thoracoscopic sympathectomy, your surgeon must make small incisions in the chest cavity and then insert equipment to locate and meticulously cut a precise segment of nerves. In order to gain access to the nerve chain, one of your lungs must be temporarily deflated and then re-inflated at the end of the procedure.
When performed by an experienced thoracic surgeon, the risk of complications from this procedure is very low. In fact, our surgeons have less than one percent overall complication rate. If performed by a general surgeon lacking this level of thoracic expertise, the risk of complications can increase significantly. Some of these complications may involve:
- Pneumothorax, a condition in which air is trapped within the chest cavity
- Horner Syndrome, which causes drooping of the upper eyelids and excessively dry eyes
- Excessive bleeding
- Infection of the incision site
The additional years of training endured by thoracic surgeons allows them to perfect their technical skills during thoracic procedures. Therefore, they are uniquely qualified to identify and reduce the risk of complications during thoracic surgery.
Contact a Beverly Hills Hyperhidrosis Specialist
At the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence, our top priority is to provide a comfortable environment and exceptional care for every patient. Our team is led by Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller. Each is a renowned thoracic surgeon that is highly experienced in the surgical treatment of hyperhidrosis. Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller possess extensive training in minimally invasive thoracic surgery from some of the most prestigious medical institutions. Their knowledge and technical expertise ensures the best results and least chance of complications for patients undergoing hyperhidrosis surgery.
To schedule a consultation with an expert thoracic surgeon, please call (310) 360-9119 or fill out our contact form.