Excessive sweating of the hands is the most common form of hyperhidrosis, a condition characterized by unpredictable and profuse perspiration. Individuals with hyperhidrosis typically notice their abnormal sweating during early childhood or adolescence. Left untreated, sweaty palms can impact nearly every aspect of one’s life.
At the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence, Los Angeles thoracic surgeons treat patients with a variety of excessive sweating conditions. To schedule a consultation with an expert specialist, contact us today at (888) 349-1398.
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The Impact of Sweaty Palms
Known medically as palmar hyperhidrosis, sweaty palms primarily result in excessive wetness of the hand even to the point of dripping. Sweating may be brought on with or without traditional stimuli, such as exercise, heat, and feelings of anxiety or embarrassment. Though excessive sweating may impair functional activities such as gripping a steering wheel or doorknob, patients are often most frustrated by the social impact of their condition.
People with sweaty palms often experience anxiety and self-consciousness whenever confronted with a social situation or gesture, such as shaking hands. The social impact of sweaty palms may impact an individual’s career choice, decrease the intimacy of a personal relationship, or lead to emotional concerns such as decreased confidence and depression.
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How Can I Stop Excessive Hand Sweating?
If you have been diagnosed with palmar hyperhidrosis, or sweaty palms, rest assured that thoracic surgeons can provide expert treatment. However, the type of treatment needed for successful relief will vary from person to person, depending on the severity of sweat overproduction and your general health. Our doctors employ the following techniques for the treatment of sweaty palms:
The first line of treatment for sweaty palms is usually conservative. Some patients with mild hyperhidrosis find these therapies very effective in the short term. Individuals with moderate to severe sweating, or those who do not experience the preferred results from conservative therapy, may be eligible for a highly effective surgery known as thoracoscopic sympathectomy.
Surgery for Sweaty Palms
Thoracoscopic sympathectomy is a well-established treatment for palmar hyperhidrosis and is often considered the ultimate solution to sweaty palms. This minimally invasive procedure involves making two tiny incisions in the side of the chest cavity and then using small camera-equipped instruments to cut the specific section of nerves known to be responsible for excessive sweating.
Given the nature of the surgical procedure, hyperhidrosis surgery should be performed by a thoracic surgeon who is highly skilled in minimally invasive thoracic techniques. When performed by an experienced thoracic surgeon, such as Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller, thoracoscopic sympathectomy has a low risk of complications and a very high success rate.
Contact a Thoracic Surgeon Today
At our Los Angeles center, our physicians’ top priority is to provide comprehensive treatment plans specific to each patient’s symptoms. Our team is led by renowned thoracic surgeons Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller, who have extensive experience in the conservative and surgical care of patients with sweaty palms.
To learn more about hyperhidrosis treatment or to schedule a consultation with a hyperhidrosis specialist, please call (888) 349-1398 or fill out our contact form.
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