Hyperhidrosis is a condition that affects nearly 9 million Americans. In many people it causes a great deal of self-confidence issues. Some people even feel like it sets them back in business and personal relationships. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, it is important that you understand your treatment options.
The different levels of hyperhidrosis are dry hands, normal hands, humid hands, wet hands, soaked and dripping hands, and soaked and very drippy hands. Typically, surgery is only sought out for the latter three levels, or the most severe cases. The leading non-surgical options are a variety of prescription medications called anticholinergics and Botox injections. The most effective of these options is Botox. Botox is used to actually block the function of the sweat glands. These procedures are unfortunately not permanent and can be expensive over time.
Surgery is a permanent option for treating excessive sweating. Thorascopic Sympathectomy is a minimally invasive procedure in which the chest is entered and the nerve, which controls the sweating function is located and severed. This procedure has a very high rate of success and low risk of complications.
As with any surgery, there is a small chance of adverse side effects. While the risk is low, it is something to be aware of when seeking out surgical options. These effects include excessive bleeding, risk of infections, and residual air in the chest. Another common side effect is compensatory sweating. This is when patients experience excessive sweating in other areas of the body.
Why Is This a Thoracic Procedure?
Thoracic surgery is a field that specializes in diseases and conditions of the chest. So what does that have to do with sweating? Shouldn’t this be an issue for dermatology?
No. That’s because the nerve that controls how your palms sweat is located in your chest. Thus locating and severing that nerve requires a thoracic surgeon.
Contact a Hyperhidrosis Doctor Today
If you believe you suffer from hyperhidrosis or have questions about treatment options, contact one of the medical experts at La Peer Health Systems today. Our team of surgeons and experts are dedicated to providing you with the best possible care. This means cutting edge technology and comfortable recovery options. Call 888-349-1398 today to schedule a consultation.
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