If you are suffering from excessive sweating, a thoracic sympathectomy is not your only option. Several other hyperhidrosis treatments exist, and the effectiveness of each therapy varies depending on a patient’s individual case of hyperhidrosis. Whether your excessive sweating occurs on your hands, feet, armpits, face, or multiple regions of the body, the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence is committed to helping every patient find the most effective relief for their hyperhidrosis.
Our team of hyperhidrosis specialists, led by expert thoracic surgeons Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller, specializes in the comprehensive management of excessive sweating. To learn more about hyperhidrosis treatments or to schedule a consultation with a hyperhidrosis expert, contact the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence at (888) 349-1398. We’d love to verify your insurance for you. Fill out our Free Insurance Verification form!
Medications for Hyperhidrosis
Both over the counter and prescription strength antiperspirants can be effective mild hyperhidrosis treatments. Antiperspirants are more effective when hyperhidrosis is localized to a specific region of the body, such as the hands, feet, or armpits. Oral medications are often used for patients who have more sweating over multiple regions of the body.
Topical and oral medications are typically considered the first line of treatment for hyperhidrosis. Medications for hyperhidrosis are often an appealing conservative therapy because they are accessible, inexpensive, and have minimal side effects. However, many patients do not find adequate relief from excessive sweating when using hyperhidrosis medications, eventually turning to a more effective alternative.
Botox for Hyperhidrosis
Botox is a safe and effective treatment for patients with palmar (hand) or axillary (armpit) hyperhidrosis. One of the many clinical applications of Botox is that it can disrupt the nerve signals that cause excessive sweating in patients with hyperhidrosis. Botox treatment involves a series of subcutaneous injections are made in the hand or armpit and repeated about every six months. This procedure offers short-term relief from excessive sweating for patients who wish to attempt more conservative therapy.
Acupuncture for Hyperhidrosis
Acupuncture is an alternative treatment to hyperhidrosis surgery that can be effective for some patients with mild hyperhidrosis. Acupuncture stems from Eastern medicine traditions, and has become an increasingly popular procedure for the use of pain and stress relief. By stimulating sensory receptors just under the skin with tiny needles, it is believed that acupuncture can balance out nerve stimulation and prevent excessive sweat production in patients with hyperhidrosis. This treatment is generally not effective for patients with severe cases of hyperhidrosis.
Iontophoresis for Hyperhidrosis
Iontophoresis is an alternative treatment for hyperhidrosis of the hands or feet. This treatment can often be performed from home once the proper equipment has been obtained. During iontophoresis, patients sit with their hands or feet in a tray of water for up to 30 minutes while a mild electric current transports ionized matter through the skin’s surface.
This form of treatment tends to be more successful for patients with mild cases of hyperhidrosis who are willing to stick to a rigorous schedule. Some patients find that iontophoresis is more effective at reducing sweat production compared with hyperhidrosis medications.
Surgery for Hyperhidrosis (Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy)
Thoracoscopic sympathectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that permanently disrupts the overactive nerves responsible for excessive sweating.
A hyperhidrosis sympathectomy surgery involves making two 5 millimeter incisions in the chest cavity, and then using a high-definition camera and surgical instruments to cut the nerves that are responsible for the excessive sweating at a very specific location.
While a thoracoscopic sympathectomy is a relatively quick outpatient procedure, it involves the meticulous and precise cutting of nerves within the chest cavity. General surgeons, who lack extensive training in thoracic surgical techniques, may still perform hyperhidrosis surgery.
However, to ensure the best results and a very low risk of complications, an experienced thoracic surgeon such as Dr. Mahtabifard or Dr. Fuller should perform this procedure.
Consult an Expert on Hyperhidrosis Treatments Today!
Undergoing a hyperhidrosis sympathectomy largely depends on the location and severity of excessive sweating, as well as a patient’s personal preference. At the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence, our team of hyperhidrosis specialists performs a comprehensive examination of each patient’s hyperhidrosis condition in order to develop the most effective treatment plan.
For more information on hyperhidrosis treatments, hyperhidrosis surgery, or to schedule a consultation with an expert, please call (888) 349-1398 or fill out our contact form.
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